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Blog In The USA

Stuart Bailie | 23:00 UK time, Thursday, 12 February 2009

In recent days, the Bruce Springsteen approval ratings have soared and then crashed in extremes. He's had his Obama days, his Wal-Mart moments, his new record, his trials and his cool times. The credibility jag that came with the Seeger Sessions has given way to a more ambivalent figure, and the temptation to yell 'phoney' has overcome a few people. Have you ever read the bletherings of Bob Lefsetz?

Bruce200.jpgNow here's a rather amazing blog from the Boss himself. I'm not sure how much enlightenment you can get from a figure who's so accustomed to the profile game, but I do feel like I know the fella a little better. He gets a bit nervous sometimes. He still gets on well with the wife. And even now. I believe he's essentially likeable. Don't you think?


  • Comment number 1.

    Lefsetz has a point about the blog: “True, Bruce doesn't write prose as well as he writes songs."
    And he makes a number of other fair points as well.
    But Springsteen does write great songs (if you're left cold or haven't paid attention walk away now), still gives his all in performances and is still out there 'trying'; not just living off tours doing just the back catalogue or making comebacks by doing duets with younger 'crossover' artists; how many musicians that came from the 70s can you say that of? As with the Seeger album he still can throw a few surprises; his political sympathies are worn heart on sleeve, election after election, bad year after good year, good weather or foul.
    Ups and downs? We all have them.
    Myself: I forgive a lot just for the mournful trumpet intro to:

    "Hey, Eddie, can you lend me a few bucks
    And tonight can you get us a ride
    Gotta make it through the tunnel
    Got a meeting with a man on the other side

    Hey Eddie, this guy, he's the real thing
    So if you want to come along
    You gotta promise you won't say anything
    'Cause this guy don't dance
    And the word's been passed this is our last chance."


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