Chief Curator Jim Henke talks to Bruce Springsteen.
This is the last audio interview clip in the Springsteen series from the Rock Hall’s exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen (open through Summer 2010).
Bruce Springsteen performs tomorrow night at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena. Click here for details.
In this segment of my interview, Bruce Springsteen talks about Nebraska, the solo acoustic album he released in 1982. In 1980, prior to embarking on The River tour, Bruce was basically broke. Despite all of his success, legal fees, taxes and the cost of studio time had taken their toll. So, in early 1982, he decided to try recording in a more low-tech way in an effort to save money. He asked his guitar tech, Mike Batlan, to purchase a four-track Teac cassette recorder. They set it up in Bruce’s bedroom. Many of the songs were cut in only one day, several of them in only one take. His intention was to create demos and cut them later with the full band. “I went into the studio,” Bruce said, “brought in the band, re-recorded, re-mixed and succeeded in making the whole thing worse.” He convinced Columbia Records to release the songs as he originally recorded them. The album was critically acclaimed upon its release. The Hall of Fame exhibit includes the Teac recorder Bruce used to record the album, as well as the Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar he played on Nebraska.