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 as his lyric manuscripts to several other songs that appeared on the final album. In addition, the exhibit includes the leather jacket Bruce is wearing on the cover of the album and his famous Fender Esquire guitar, which he is holding on the cover and which he talked about in an earlier blog. And last but not least, the Rock Hall exhibit also features the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette that Bruce bought after the success of Born to Run.