Backstreets honors the Big Man with one of our biggest issues ever: 116 pages, with
more than half of them dedicated to the life and music of Clarence Clemons. The 65-page tribute
section begins with Don Reo (Clarence's Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales co-author
and longtime friend) providing an exclusive, moving "Final Chapter" covering Clarence's last days.
Little Steven produced a special episode of his Underground Garage radio show honoring the Big Man
in the wake of his death, and the complete script is here. After that, it's a massive memorial
section, with remembrances by longtime friends, colleagues, and fellow musicians, including Robert
Santelli, "Stormin'" Norman Seldin of the Joyful Noyze, Vini Lopez, Ernest "Boom" Carter, Mike
Appel, J.T. Bowen, Narada Michael Walden, Branford Marsalis, Dale Maharidge, Jo Lopez, Who Do
I Think I Am? director Nick Mead, and eulogies from Jake Clemons and Bruce Springsteen. This
tribute is also packed with stunning images spanning 40 years, from photographers including Eric
Meola, Barbara Pyle, Frank Stefanko, Jim Marchese, Rene Van Diemen, Victoria Clemons, James Shive,
James Appel, Michael S. Williamson, Teresa Psykaty-Lamicella, Joseph Quever, Guy Aceto, A.M.
Saddler, Michael Zorn, and from archives including Billy Smith, Norman Seldin, Don Reo, Narada
Michael Walden, and the personal collection of Clarence Clemons.
The Clarence tribute section is, appropriately, massive. But it's not the only feature here.
Also presented is "Because the Nightwatchman," the Backstreets Interview with Tom Morello,
conducted by editor Christopher Phillips. Over two sessions, and 11 pages in the magazine, Tom
discusses his relationship with Springsteen, the origins of his fandom, their work together live
and on record, the similarities and differences between the Boss and the Nightwatchman, and the
fact that Springsteen is, as Tom says, "the only friend I have who I also subscribe to a magazine
PLUS: The impending High Hopes; our Q&A with Bruce author Peter Ames
Carlin; a survey of nearly 80 Wrecking Ball reviews; the "On Disc" column's roundup of
Springsteen releases from far and wide, including Wrecking Ball rarities and the new
Released! series of Human Rights Concert recordings; the "From Asbury Park to the
Promised Land" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit's move from Cleveland to Philadelphia; our
interview with Carrie Potter, granddaughter of the Upstage's Tom Potter and author of For
Music's Sake; plenty of "fan-based recordings" reviews and information from Fred Mills and
Flynn McLean; and more.
Out: June 16, 2014
For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock
and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through
his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His
100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order
from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.
In this unique book, Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list
but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical
content of Springsteen's remarkable body of work. Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings
together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of
each song to its listeners, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American
songwriter and consummate recording artist.
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is the perfect playlist builder, whether it is for the
diehard fan or the newbie just getting acquainted with the work of the Boss!
Jim Beviglia is a featured writer for American Songwriter magazine,
reviewing new albums and looking back at classic songwriters and songs for both the print and
online editions. This is his second book in the Counting Down series, following his
Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs (Scarecrow Press 2013). Jim continues to
maintain his blog at Countdownkid.wordpess.com, where he delves deep into the musical libraries of
rock's finest artists.
Springsteen & I is a unique feature music documentary
celebrating a rock 'n' roll icon: Bruce Springsteen. Working with the filmmakers,
Springsteen's fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal insights and
experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them. Their stories are at times
touching, at times humourous, at times extraordinary and they all come from the heart. Combined
with previously unseen archive footage of performances throughout Springsteen's career, this is a
film by the fans and for the fans created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen.
"This beautifully crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a
recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music." Ridley Scott, Executive
Bruce Springsteen is one of the most written about musicians of all time, so why another book?
The fact is, most biographies gloss over his early life and career, which author Craig Statham
believes is a serious omission, because Springsteen's early life shaped his music.
Statham is a massive Springsteen fan and a contributor to the authoritative Brucebase website.
The list of interviewees he has secured is impressive: ex-managers Tinker West, Bob Spitz and Mike
Appel; former band mates in Springsteen's early groups, such as Jay Gibson, Craig Caprioni, Frank
Marziotti, John Graham, Robbin Thompson, Barbara Dinkins, Bob Feigenbaum and Albee Tellone (who
also contributed the foreword); Sam McKeith, Springsteen's booking agent and a key figure in
breaking The Boss to the American public; and a raft of characters who grew up with Springsteen in
his home town of Freehold, New Jersey and beyond.
Statham, a researcher by trade, has pieced together parts of the story that have simply never
been told before. All of Springsteen's early groups, from The Rogues to The E-Street Band are
discussed, his songwriting technique is studied, along with how and why Springsteen actually made
it. The book ends with why he went from being the musician most at Columbia Records did not want
to know, to being their hottest property.
The book looks at what drove Springsteen on a personal level – his difficult relationship with
his father, his rejection of Catholicism and mainstream schooling, as well as positive influences,
such as his love of baseball, girls and the British musical invasion which inspired his future
With two colour plates section featuring some very rare photos (many of which have never before
been published), this new book is a must for the committed Springsteen fan and those who like well
researched music books.
Collecting stories and photos from hundreds of fans, The Light In Darkness celebrates
Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town classic record, allowing readers to revisit the
excitement of that moment when the needle found the grooves in that first cut and the thundering
power of "Badlands" shook across the hi-fi for the very first time. Or the uninitiated, but
soon-to-be-converted teenager, brought along by friends and finding salvation at one of the
legendary three-plus hour concerts - shows that embodied all the manic fury of a revival meeting.
New Bruce Springsteen EP released on 19 Apr 2014
American Beauty is a Bruce Springsteen 4-track EP that was
released on 19 Apr 2014. Limited to 7,500 copies, the EP was issued on 12-inch vinyl and
was distributed exclusively to independent stores throughout North America and Europe that
participated in the 7th annual "Record Store Day" campaign. The EP was also released digitally on
22 Apr 2014.
In a March 2014 interview for Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen told
Sean Sennett: "It's got some nice things on it. This is material from the past decade. Some were
demos that I never cut. [...] I thought it's a nice time to support the record stores, which are
dwindling, and get some new music out at the same time."
In the liner notes to American Beauty that were posted on his
official website on the EP's
release date, Bruce Springsteen wrote: "American Beauty is a collection of songs I cut at
home. Upon revisiting them for High Hopes I recognized their potential and Ron Aniello
and I worked on them until we'd turned them into the music before you."
In a December 2013 interview for Rolling Stone, Ron Aniello told Andy
Greene that at least 20 tracks were recorded for the High Hopes album. Among the tracks
that didn't make the album cut were HEY BLUE EYES,
AMERICAN BEAUTY, and
MARY MARY. The three songs were included on the EP, along with
HURRY UP SUNDOWN, a song that was probably also cut
during the High Hopes recording sessions.
Ronnie Spector And The E Street Band's 1977 single "Say Goodbye To
Hollywood / Baby Please Don't Go" was also reissued on Record Store Day. The single
was issued on 7-inch vinyl and was limited to 4,000 copies. Ronnie Spector recorded the two tracks
in January 1977, backed by the E Street Band. This remains the band's only non-Springsteen credit
to date. SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD also features
Bruce Springsteen on acoustic guitar. Due to the lawsuit with Mike Appel that enjoined Springsteen
from recording at the time, Springsteen's involvement on the track was not credited when the
single was released in 1977. Both Steven Van Zandt and Ronnie Spector have later verified
Springsteen's contribution on the recording of the track.
Bruce Springsteen's new album released on 14 Jan 2014
High Hopes is Bruce Springsteen's eighteenth studio album. It
was officially released on 14 Jan 2014 on Columbia Records. It consists of 12 tracks and
clocks at 56:24. Four songs were previously released in different versions (two of which are
covers), two more were previously performed live but never released, and the remaining six are new
to fans (one of which is a cover). "This is music I always felt needed to be released,"
Springsteen wrote in the album's liner notes.
In a December 2013 interview for Rolling Stone, Springsteen told Andy
Greene that he has always written and recorded significantly more songs than can fit on to
whatever album he's creating at the moment. "I have a lot of this music on a computer," he said.
"I bring it out on the road to amuse myself. Very often, if I have nothing to do late at night
I'll bring it up and look at different bodies of music." The songs that began catching
Springsteen's attention were largely recorded after he reunited with the E Street Band in 1999.
"The songs were relatively current and had a similar sound picture," he said. "I was interested in
putting this material together in some form because it sounded like it all fit together... You
have to imagine that when I'm home or done with a tour I go into a studio and I'm surrounded by
paintings that I've sorta half-finished. There might be something wrong with this one and I didn't
have time to finish this one. When I go into my studio, I'm surrounded by all my music that I
haven't released. I wait to see what's going to speak to me." But then they cut a few sessions in
2013 while on tour. "I said, 'Well, these sound good,'" Springsteen told Rolling Stone.
"These things blend together. Suddenly, it began to feel very fresh and fit together quite
Work on the album started in late 2012 when Springsteen called producer Ron
Aniello asking him to work on some demos that he was thinking about releasing. "I remember that
Bruce called me on my birthday, so it was December 9th, 2012", Aniello told Andy Greene in a
December 2013 interview for Rolling Stone. "He said to me, 'I have some songs. I want to
get together.'" According to Aniello, these were old demos that Springsteen had done with Toby
Scott and that had been around for a while. Springsteen told him that he wanted to get these songs
in shape and see what comes out of that. Aniello was not able to sit with Springsteen to sort it
all out because Springsteen was away most of the time touring with the E Street Band. "It all
happened in a very unusual manner," Aniello told Rolling Stone. "There was a lot of
conversations in Europe and I did some of the recording via iChat when the band was in
In a January 2014 interview for Rolling Stone, Tom Morello told Andy
Greene that he wasn't aware that there was ever talk of a new studio album when they sent him a
couple of songs to add guitar on. He did that in his home studio and shortly after he was
recording in studio with Max Weinberg and Ron Aniello. "But these studio sessions just kept
occurring without any formal notion of what we were doing," Morello recounted. "My assumption was
just that 'Bruce is always recording music.' So it was fantastic that I was asked to be a part of
it. I was psyched." In March 2013 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed ten shows in
Australia as part of the Wrecking Ball Tour. Steven Van Zandt was off filming his
television series Lillyhammer and was replaced by Morello for that leg of the tour. Morello
suggested to add HIGH HOPES to the live set. They worked it up
during the rehearsals prior to the Australian shows and Morello then "proceeded to burn the house
down with it," as Springsteen said. They then re-cut the song along with
JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD at Studios 301,
Australia's largest studio complex. "Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this
project to another level," Springsteen said. He told Rolling Stone's David Fricke, "We've
never had a recording session during a tour in our lives. We did a couple of things that I wanted
to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting. The band – Steven,
Nils, all those guys – continues to be a source of inspiration for me." Morello told Rolling
Stone that he didn't get the notion that this was "coalescing into what was going to be a
major release" until they were in Australia.
No less than sixteen recording studios were used in the making of High
Hopes: Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio in Colts Neck, NJ), Stone Hill Studio
(Springsteen's new home studio in Colts Neck, NJ), Very Loud House (in Los Angeles, CA), Renegade
Studio (in New York City, NY), Veritas Studio (in Los Angeles, CA), Southern Tracks (Atlanta, GA),
East West Studios (in Los Angeles, CA), NRG Studios (in Los Angeles, CA), Village Studios (in Los
Angeles, CA), Studios 301 (in Byron Bay and Sydney, Australia), Record Plant (in Los Angeles, CA),
Electric Lady Studios (in New York City, NY), Avatar Studios (in New York City, NY), Sear Sound
(in New York City, NY), and Berkeley Street Studio (in Santa Monica, CA).
The album was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Brendan O'Brien, and Ron Aniello.
It features all E Street Band members, including the late Clarence Clemons and the late Danny
Federici on several songs of what Springsteen calls "some of our best unreleased material from the
past decade." The album also features an ensemble of guest artists, including Tom Morello who's
featured prominently on the album, appearing on eight tracks.
High Hopes is available in three configurations: standard CD edition,
limited edition, and double-disc LP. The limited edition consists of the standard audio CD and
includes a bonus live DVD of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing the entire
Born In The USA album on 30 Jun 2013 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England,
during the Wrecking Ball Tour. The double-disc LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and
includes a CD version of the album.
High Hopes was officially announced on 25 Nov 2013 and the release
date was set for 14 Jan 2014, but on 28 Dec 2013 it became available for purchase as individual
tracks in MP3 format through Amazon.com's mobile application. Although Amazon quickly removed the
files, presumably recognizing its mistake, the album had already made its way onto file-sharing
The album topped the charts in 20 countries, including the United States and
the UK. It was Springsteen's eleventh #1 album in the US, placing him third all-time for most #1
albums only behind The Beatles and Jay-Z. It was his tenth #1 in the UK, putting him joint fifth
all-time and level with The Rolling Stones and U2.
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Bruce Springsteen on High Hopes:
I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased
material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of
our tour) suggested we ought to add "High Hopes" to our live set. I had cut "High Hopes," a song
by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA based Havalinas, in the 90's. We worked it up in our Aussie
rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at
Studios 301 in Sydney along with "Just Like Fire Would," a song from one of my favorite early
Australian punk bands, The Saints (check out "I'm Stranded"). Tom and his guitar became my muse,
pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.
Some of these songs, "American Skin" and "Ghost of Tom Joad,"
you'll be familiar with from our live versions. I felt they were among the best of my writing and
deserved a proper studio recording. "The Wall" is something I'd played on stage a few times and
remains very close to my heart. The title and idea were Joe Grushecky's, then the song appeared
after Patti and I made a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. It was inspired by
my memories of Walter Cichon. Walter was one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers, who along
with his brother Ray (one of my early guitar mentors) led the "Motifs". The Motifs were a local
rock band who were always a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the
heroes you aspired to be. But these were heroes you could touch, speak to, and go to with your
musical inquiries. Cool, but always accessible, they were an inspiration to me, and many young
working musicians in 1960's central New Jersey. Though my character in "The Wall" is a Marine,
Walter was actually in the Army, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry. He was the first person I
ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star. Walter went
missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the
way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness. The man who by his
attitude, his walk said "you can defy all this, all of what's here, all of what you've been
taught, taught to fear, to love and you'll still be alright." His was a terrible loss to us, his
loved ones and the local music scene. I still miss him.
This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the
gangsters of "Harry's Place," the ill-prepared roomies on "Frankie Fell In Love" (shades of Steve
and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of "Hunter Of
Invisible Game," to the soldier and his visiting friend in "The Wall", I felt they all deserved a
home and a hearing.
Hope you enjoy it,
HIGH HOPES was released as a digital
single on Amazon.com and iTunes on 25 Nov 2013. A music video for the song was released the same
day on both
Bruce Springsteen's official website and
Bruce Springsteen VEVO's YouTube channel.
The video was posted to celebrate the High Hopes album's announcement. It was directed by
Thom Zimny and features photos from Danny Clinch, Australian tour footage (March 2013) featuring
Tom Morello shot by Chris Hilson, vintage documentary footage, and some of the song's lyrics.
Springsteen also posted liner notes about the High Hopes album along with the song's
video on his website.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band opened for headliner Lou Reed and his
backing band The Tots on 23 Mar 1973 at Palace Theatre in Providence, RI.
Springsteen made a guest appearance on
STREET HASSLE, the Lou Reed song from Reed's 1978 album
Street Hassle. Springsteen sings a brief rap during the "Slipaway" section of the song.
He is not credited for his performance in the liner notes to Street Hassle, possibly due
to his ongoing legal battles with former manager Mike Appel at the time. STREET HASSLE was
recorded in October 1977 at The Record Plant in New York City, NY, when Springsteen was at the New
York studio recording his Darkness On The Edge Of Town album.
Well hey, man, that's just a lie
It's a lie she tells her friends
'Cause the real song, the real song
Where she won't even admit to herself
The beatin' in her heart
It's a song lots of people know
It's a painful song
A little sad truth
But life's full of sad songs
A penny for a wish
But wishin' won't make you a soldier
With a pretty kiss for a pretty face
Can't have its way
Y'know tramps like us, we were born to pay
Today SpringsteenLyrics.com celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Exactly a decade ago I endeavored on this backbreaking project. It all started as a personal
lyrics archive copied from various sources on the internet, but shortly after I decided to publish
the archive online. On this day ten years ago SpringsteenLyrics.com was launched.
SpringsteenLyrics.com has come a long way since then. Presently it holds over
2800 lyrics pages, in addition to the very developed "My Collection" and "Trading List" sections.
On average over 1500 fans visit the website every day. I can't be any prouder.
Thanks to all who have landed a hand in the past ten years... ten years
burning down the road. Time sure flew by, but here's to another ten!
-- Eddy Wehbe 13 Mar 2013
"I've been working real hard, trying to get my hands clean"
This project isn't complete yet, and may never be...
This is the first and unique Lebanese website dedicated to The Boss. Launched
on 13 March 2003, it is now the largest and most developed Bruce Springsteen lyrics archive on
the Internet. Thanks to everybody out there who helped me: discussion forums members, website
visitors (mainly Jake a.k.a. ol'catfishinthelake), fellow Springsteen fans... and of course,
thanks to Bruce Springsteen for the music.
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