A special program where the artist speaks for themselves, literally.
"The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with." – Bruce Springsteen
Every week over the last three years, I receive a letter that pretty much states the following: When are you going to do a show on "The Boss"? Well, Springsteen fans, your wish will come true this week, and it has a very unusual twist and surprise with it: Bruce Springsteen, the 1970's will be our uninterrupted hour-long "What You're Not Listening To" program this week.
The unusual twist/surprise: Instead of the typical exhaustive research and background info on the tracks, we have been blessed to have excerpts from a recent audiobook, "Born To Run". It's Springsteen's autobiography, and read by the author himself. This gives us the rare opportunity to hear the artist comment on these tracks in their own words.
Bruce Springsteen, 1975, at theHammersmith Odeon, London. Photo by Fin Costello.
Our tracks this week, presented in a continuous order: Title, Year, Source. Spoken word passages in red. (Warning: Some parts NSFW)
1. Bruce talks about writing "Born To Run"
2. Born To Run, 1975, Born To Run
3. Fire, 1977, The Promise (released 2010)
4. Bruce talks about the release of his debut
5. Spirit In The Night, 1973, Greetings From Asbury Park
6. Zero and Blind Terry, 1973, Tracks (released 1998)
7. Inspiration for Darkness on the Edge of Town
8. Badlands, 1978, Darkness On The Edge of Town
9. Adam Raised a Cain, 1978, Darkness On The Edge of Town
10. Bruce talks about producer Jon Landau and song editing
11. Thunder Road, 1975, Born To Run
12. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City, 1973, Greeting From Asbury Park
13. Bruce talks about his first time
14. Rosalita, 1974, The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
15. First visit to England
16. Quarter to Three (live), 1975, Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (released 2005)
17. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (live), 1975, Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (released 2005)
Spoken word tracks taken from Born To Run, written by Bruce Springsteen. Simon and Schuster, 2016, ISBN-13: 978-1501141515.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
Ace of Spades PDX
“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for 'fair use' for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."