Chief Curator Jim Henke talks to Bruce Springsteen
This is the second and third clip in a series of eight interview audio clips with Springsteen that we will post over the next several weeks.
In this portion of my interview, Bruce Springsteen talks about his first recording session with his band the Castiles. The group, which Bruce joined when he was a 14-year-old sophomore at Freehold High School and which was named after a brand of soap, went into a studio to record two songs, “That’s What You Get” and “Baby I.” Both songs were written by Bruce and George Theiss. The single was never released, but an acetate of it is in the Springsteen exhibit at the Rock Hall.
The Upstage Club was a popular musicians’ hangout in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bruce Springsteen played there frequently, and his band Child came together at the club. As Bruce explains in this section of my interview, the club stayed open until five a.m., and musicians would show up there after playing gigs at other clubs and then jam until the early-morning hours. One of the more humorous artifacts in the exhibit is a poster with the Upstage Club’s house rules. Among them: “If you can’t love thy Nabor, you must respect him or get out.” And, “Girls wearing hot pants will sit by fire extinguishers.” The exhibit also includes a poster from a show by Bruce’s band Steel Mill at the Upstage.
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