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When Simon met Springsteen

Simon meets Springsteen...

Bruce Springsteen with Simon Mayo

In an in-depth interview Bruce discusses his music, career and new career as an author.

Bruce Springsteen: "I wrote a song for a Harry Potter film but they didn't use it"

The Boss tells Simon Mayo about an apparently unwanted track he wrote for the film series

Bruce Really Is The Boss!

Bruce Springsteen tells Simon Mayo why he's been influenced to be such a hard taskmaster.

How Springsteen showed us he's The Boss

To celebrate Simon meeting Springsteen we raided the BBC archives for more proof (if it was ever needed) to show that Springsteen really is The Boss

1. Who gets to photograph Bruce?

When aspiring photographer Eric Meola first saw Bruce perform he was blown away, and made it his ambition to "somehow photograph this guy". Here he tells the story of how he got access to Springsteen and ended up taking the iconic album cover of the 1975 classic "Born to Run".

Springsteen's 'Born To Run' photographer on iconic shot

Born to Run photographer Eric Meola describes how he took Springsteen's album cover shot

2. The music that unites us

Can music really break down barriers? Yes says author Erik Kirschbaum; in 1988 Bruce played a concert in East Berlin to 300,000 young people, stirring up the stagnant anti-wall sentiment. Just over a year later, the wall was gone.

Can music change the world?

Did a Bruce Springsteen concert held in East Germany in 1988 help get rid of the wall?

3. When Bruce makes you late for school...

Everyone knows that when The Boss comes to town, normal life goes on hold. Even if it’s a school night. So when his daughters were late to school following a Springsteen concert, fan Patrick Pipino wrote to the teacher and decided that honesty was a completely appropriate approach.

Best excuse for being late for school: Bruce Springsteen

A father blames Bruce Springsteen for his daughter being late for school...

4. Would Bruce Springsteen fancy you?

Few artists have had best selling authors put pen to paper in their honour but Pam Ayres asks the question on everyone's lips...Do you think Bruce Springsteen would fancy me? Pam met Simon Mayo to discuss.

Pam Ayres reads her poem 'Do You Think Bruce Springsteen Would Fancy Me?'

Pam Ayres reads her poem 'Do You Think Bruce Springsteen Would Fancy Me?' for Simon.

5. ...and he crowd surfs too

Springsteen concerts are famous for running to well over 3 hours, but he took one New Jersey show to another level by reviving the lost art of crowd surfing.