In 1975, New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen was hailed as the new Dylan, the next great rock poet, the music's last prophet of social relevance. His picture graced the covers of Time and Newsweek (the same week, no less).By the time his third album, Born To Run, was released, Springsteen had added another archetype to the rock and roll pantheon: blue-collar hero, working-man's star. Born To Run's title track consolidated 25 years of rock and roll history into a universal tale of proletarian angst rendered larger than life by Spector-esque production.
Springsteen's protagonist does little more than motor down New Jersey's Highway 9 to flee small town drudgery. But to hear him tell it, he's headed down the road to glory. As the centerpiece of the hours-long sets that mark Springsteen's career, "Born To Run" provided uplift and catharsis, with the singer and foil/sax player Clarence Clemons engaging in joyous musical and physical interplay (captured in a live film clip that ranks with rock's most exhilarating concert footage).
On the surface, "Born To Run" may be little more than a song about cars and girls. Dig deeper, however, and rock ...
Chief Curator Jim Henke talks to Bruce Springsteen
This is the sixth clip in a series of eight interview audio clips with Springsteen that we will post over the next few weeks.
In this segment of my interview, Bruce Springsteen talks about the making of Born to Run. In short, when he had finished the album, he was not really happy with the results. “There was a sound I heard in my head that was not reproduceable,” he told me. By the time of the album’s 30th anniversary, however, Bruce had come around and appreciated the greatness of the album.
One section of the Rock Hall’s exhibit is devoted to Born to Run. It includes some of Bruce’s early notes about the album, which he refers to as “New Album #3.” He considered several other titles for the album, including Between Flesh. . .And Fantasy, A Love So Fine, Beyond the Palace, Of Love + Defiance and Gimme Action. His early track listing for the album included such titles as “Lonely Night at the Beach,” “Shootout in Chinatown,” “Born to Win” and “Thunderhill.” The exhibit also contains numerous handwritten drafts of the lyrics to “Born to Run,” as well ...