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Bruce Springsteen, Oakland, CA, 11-30-12

Bruce Springsteen, Oakland, CA, 11-30-12

— 1 year ago with 31 notes
#springsteen  #rock and roll  #church  #re-edit 
A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

— 1 year ago with 49 notes
#springsteen  #rock and roll  #church 
A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

— 1 year ago
#springsteen  #rock and roll  #church 
A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

— 1 year ago with 30 notes
#springsteen  #rock and roll  #church 
A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

A few more from Friday night in Oakland.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#springsteen  #rock and roll  #church 
jukeboxgraduate:

In 1983, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt decided they would go to Disneyland…and were thrown out for violating the dress code. Bruce told this story (again, it’s not a new one) on Jimmy Fallon last Friday. Here is Steven’s published response to this.
hollycaraprice:

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH                I was thrown out of Disneyland today. The psychic scars this caused date back to a seven-year old who faithfully watched Mickey strike up the band every afternoon and lusted after Annette until about 15 years later (I still need a shot of Skippy peanut butter now and then).                I had heard about discrimination back in the Sixties, having to do with “Longhairs” not being allowed in. Although even then I somehow figured this rule – if it existed – would probably apply to long-haired guitar players and not, say, long-haired violin players. I think that double standard would also apply today because I found that the rule I couldn’t believe existed is in fact being strictly enforced. The fact is this visual discrimination, the concept of a dress code at all, is a serious flaw in our legal system and is nothing short of legalized prejudice.                At Disneyland, enforcing this ridiculous law is also an attack on rock and music and all the people who believe in it. They’re telling me nobody rocks in the Magic Kingdom. Nobody expresses their individuality in the Magic Kingdom except maybe that guy in the rodent suit. It’s the ideal fairground for James Watt.                As a country we made great strides in the Sixties, mostly in the area of civil rights for blacks, and that was great. But now we have an ever growing number of the population, of which I am a part, who express themselves visually; those whose appearances are an important form of self-expression.                Every human being is born with a uniqueness which society eventually forced him to suppress. I believe that when young children are forced to conform in this way, the frustration creates serious problems later on. The lack of self-expression becomes self-destructive, often resulting in violence or drug use or excessive drinking or any number of outlets of which I am sure Walt Disney wouldn’t have approved.                The idea of a dress code is a gaping loophole in the very civil rights laws everyone fought so long and hard to get passed. For example, if Disneyland didn’t want to admit black people, all they would have to say is that they don’t like the way they are dressed. Twenty years of humanitarian progress down the drain.                Of course, the most blatant prejudice a dress code suggests is against the poorer segments of society who perhaps can’t afford to attire themselves in clothing of which the security guard approved (depending on his mood that day).                Obviously dress codes don’t begin and end at Disneyland. They are an embarrassment to our society in whatever restaurant, club or public facility they exist. But I think any place billing itself as “The Happiest Place On Earth” is a good place to start.                So I think it is time to boycott Disneyland until the vague and unfair dress code they enforce is abolished once and for all. The First Amendment to the Constitution is freedom of speech and expression. People who live their lives expressing themselves by the way they look, doing no harm to anyone, are entitled to the same rights that allow the Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members to run around protected by our tax dollars. Everyone should be entitled to the same protection under the law. Abolish legalized prejudice. Abolish all dress codes now.                                                                Little Steven, 1983                                                                Disciples of Soul                                                                Manhattan, New York.

jukeboxgraduate:

In 1983, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt decided they would go to Disneyland…and were thrown out for violating the dress code. Bruce told this story (again, it’s not a new one) on Jimmy Fallon last Friday. Here is Steven’s published response to this.

hollycaraprice:

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

                I was thrown out of Disneyland today. The psychic scars this caused date back to a seven-year old who faithfully watched Mickey strike up the band every afternoon and lusted after Annette until about 15 years later (I still need a shot of Skippy peanut butter now and then).

                I had heard about discrimination back in the Sixties, having to do with “Longhairs” not being allowed in. Although even then I somehow figured this rule – if it existed – would probably apply to long-haired guitar players and not, say, long-haired violin players. I think that double standard would also apply today because I found that the rule I couldn’t believe existed is in fact being strictly enforced. The fact is this visual discrimination, the concept of a dress code at all, is a serious flaw in our legal system and is nothing short of legalized prejudice.

                At Disneyland, enforcing this ridiculous law is also an attack on rock and music and all the people who believe in it. They’re telling me nobody rocks in the Magic Kingdom. Nobody expresses their individuality in the Magic Kingdom except maybe that guy in the rodent suit. It’s the ideal fairground for James Watt.

                As a country we made great strides in the Sixties, mostly in the area of civil rights for blacks, and that was great. But now we have an ever growing number of the population, of which I am a part, who express themselves visually; those whose appearances are an important form of self-expression.

                Every human being is born with a uniqueness which society eventually forced him to suppress. I believe that when young children are forced to conform in this way, the frustration creates serious problems later on. The lack of self-expression becomes self-destructive, often resulting in violence or drug use or excessive drinking or any number of outlets of which I am sure Walt Disney wouldn’t have approved.

                The idea of a dress code is a gaping loophole in the very civil rights laws everyone fought so long and hard to get passed. For example, if Disneyland didn’t want to admit black people, all they would have to say is that they don’t like the way they are dressed. Twenty years of humanitarian progress down the drain.

                Of course, the most blatant prejudice a dress code suggests is against the poorer segments of society who perhaps can’t afford to attire themselves in clothing of which the security guard approved (depending on his mood that day).

                Obviously dress codes don’t begin and end at Disneyland. They are an embarrassment to our society in whatever restaurant, club or public facility they exist. But I think any place billing itself as “The Happiest Place On Earth” is a good place to start.

                So I think it is time to boycott Disneyland until the vague and unfair dress code they enforce is abolished once and for all. The First Amendment to the Constitution is freedom of speech and expression. People who live their lives expressing themselves by the way they look, doing no harm to anyone, are entitled to the same rights that allow the Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members to run around protected by our tax dollars. Everyone should be entitled to the same protection under the law. Abolish legalized prejudice. Abolish all dress codes now.

                                                                Little Steven, 1983

                                                                Disciples of Soul

                                                                Manhattan, New York.

(Source: happy-as-kings)

— 2 years ago with 64 notes
#springsteen  #little steven  #Steve Van Zandt  #Disneyland 
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  • The Freehold Tree (in front of Bruce’s childhood home, as seen on the BITUSA LP lyrics insert sheet) 
  • Under the Wonder Bar guy 
  • Next to the Madame Marie booth 
  • With the ugly bust that looks like Pete Postlethwaite. 

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— 3 years ago with 9 notes
#Bruce Springsteen  #photography  #fans  #locations  #New Jersey  #Asbury Park  #Belmar  #Freehold  #Springsteen  #The Boss  #fan photos  #enough with the giant guitar 
jukeboxgraduate:

There was nothing wrong with the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street in Belmar. Thousands of fans from all over the world (not exaggerating) have had their photo taken standing dorkily on the corner behind the signpost, knowing full what what it was and what it signified, and didn’t need an ugly 8 foot guitar replica behind it.
You just turned a cool place for fans into Disneyland, and there was no need for it. Everyone made their way there anyway, spent money in Belmar, and had their photo taken without the guitar being there. The guitar will not increase the amount of tourism, it will actually decrease the cool factor.
Here is the corner without the stupid guitar. At least I got to go there before they ruined it, and have my vision in my head of the guys sitting in the car waiting for David Sancious to get ready, and not a vision of a gigantic guitar randomly planted on the corner.

jukeboxgraduate:

There was nothing wrong with the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street in Belmar. Thousands of fans from all over the world (not exaggerating) have had their photo taken standing dorkily on the corner behind the signpost, knowing full what what it was and what it signified, and didn’t need an ugly 8 foot guitar replica behind it.

You just turned a cool place for fans into Disneyland, and there was no need for it. Everyone made their way there anyway, spent money in Belmar, and had their photo taken without the guitar being there. The guitar will not increase the amount of tourism, it will actually decrease the cool factor.

Here is the corner without the stupid guitar. At least I got to go there before they ruined it, and have my vision in my head of the guys sitting in the car waiting for David Sancious to get ready, and not a vision of a gigantic guitar randomly planted on the corner.

— 3 years ago with 44 notes
#springsteen  #dumb  #totally agree 
jukeboxgraduate:

yes, please wander around the beach with your shirt off / usually  when i see bruce doing stuff like this i say something like GO WRITE  SOME SONGS but right now i think he can fuck off as much as he likes. i  do think he might be bored, though (she says, projecting)
“Stacie Pullano Harkavy was with her ​​daughter at a beach on the Jersey Shore when Bruce was visiting. Springsteen was only wearing shorts and wore sunglasses. Stacie’s daughter, Jolie had her guitar with her and she inplugde she played a bit of “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. Bruce then took the guitar from her and played “Born to Run”. He signed the guitar and took the children in the picture.” [translated from Dutch]

jukeboxgraduate:

yes, please wander around the beach with your shirt off / usually when i see bruce doing stuff like this i say something like GO WRITE SOME SONGS but right now i think he can fuck off as much as he likes. i do think he might be bored, though (she says, projecting)

Stacie Pullano Harkavy was with her ​​daughter at a beach on the Jersey Shore when Bruce was visiting. Springsteen was only wearing shorts and wore sunglasses. Stacie’s daughter, Jolie had her guitar with her and she inplugde she played a bit of Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. Bruce then took the guitar from her and played Born to Run. He signed the guitar and took the children in the picture.” [translated from Dutch]


— 3 years ago with 140 notes
#springsteen  #Bruce Springsteen: childcatcher  #The Boss  #BAMF  #fan stories  #Bruce Springsteen