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(CNN) — He didn’t die with Wendy on the streets, but Bruce Springsteen’s career needed some life.

It was early 1974, and Springsteen had enjoyed critical acclaim but little commercial success with two albums the previous year, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” and “The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.”

He wasn’t the rock icon he’d soon become. He needed a hit.

So the 26-year-old sat down at his Long Branch, New Jersey, home on 7½ West End Court — the same house where he would also write "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets" — and he began scribbling lyrics on a sheet of ruled paper from a spiral notebook.

"This town’ll rip the (out your) bones from your back / it’s a suicide trap (rap) (it’s a trap to catch the young) your dead unless / you get out (we got to) while your young so (come on! / with) take my hand cause tramps / like us baby we were born to run."

On December 5, almost 40 years later, the handwritten genesis of one of The Boss’ biggest hits — and one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most well-known songs — will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Sotheby’s New York expects the manuscript, which features 30 lines and marginal notations scrawled in blue ink, to fetch between $70,000 and $100,000.

"Born to Run" reached only No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it aged incredibly well, earning the No. 21 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of all-time greatest songs and being named among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 songs that shaped the genre.

Springsteen explained the song’s birth in a statement from Sotheby’s.

"One day I was playing my guitar on the edge of the bed, working on some song ideas, and the words ‘born to run’ came to me. At first I thought it was the name of a movie or something I’d seen on a car spinning around the circuit. I liked the phrase because it suggested a cinematic drama that I thought would work with the music that I’d been hearing in my head."

An AllMusic review described the tune as a “celebration of the rock & roll spirit, capturing the music’s youthful abandon, delirious passion and extraordinary promise with cinematic exhilaration.”

"A blue-collar fairy tale evoking Phil Spector in its romanticized grandeur and Bob Dylan in its street-corner poetic grit, critic Greil Marcus once described it as ‘a ‘57 Chevy running on melted-down Crystals records,’" the review states.

“‘Born to Run’ is teen melodrama in excelsis, overblown and histrionic in ways Spector never imagined; it smacks of the kind of palpable, life-or-death desperation which threads its way through everything from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ where every action, every thought and every word bears the complete weight of the world.”

The 1975 track became Springsteen’s first worldwide release, and while Sotheby’s says many of the original lyrics never made it to the recording booth, the chorus was “nearly perfected” in the handwritten manuscript.

"Ultimately, the song took six months to finalize and clocks in at four and a half minutes long. Springsteen aimed for musical perfection and Spector-level grandeur which he undoubtedly achieved," a Sotheby’s news release says.

The manuscript, which was once part of record producer Mike Appel’s personal collection, will be on public view beginning Saturday, according to Sotheby’s. Appel is credited with discovering Springsteen, and he produced The Boss’ first three albums.

(via Handwritten genesis of Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ hit auction block - CNN.com)

— 9 months ago with 133 notes
#Bruce Sprignsteen  #The Boss  #Born To Run 
popculturebrain:

Springsteen’s Handwritten ‘Born to Run’ Lyrics Head to Auction | NY Times

popculturebrain:

Springsteen’s Handwritten ‘Born to Run’ Lyrics Head to Auction | NY Times

— 9 months ago with 287 notes
#Born to Run  #memorabilia 
"Bruce Springsteen performed the entire Born to Run album in England last night in tribute to James Gandolfini, the Sopranos star who died Wednesday of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy.

Hidden Track reports that after performing “The River” 11 songs into the set in Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Springsteen stopped and announced that he and the E Street Band – including guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Gandolfini’s Sopranos colleague – would play all of the 1975 LP for Gandolfini, whom Springsteen called “our great friend.”"
— 1 year ago with 143 notes
#Bruce Springsteen  #Born To Run  #James Gandolfini 
kathy7:

[…] Wrecking Ball cover photo by Danny Clinch.

Can I just say I really like the way this photo speaks to the cover shot of Born to Run? It’s dark, it’s lonely, it’s the same guitar…
Amnesiac_R has a really good take on this - check it out.

kathy7:

[…] Wrecking Ball cover photo by Danny Clinch.

Can I just say I really like the way this photo speaks to the cover shot of Born to Run? It’s dark, it’s lonely, it’s the same guitar…

Amnesiac_R has a really good take on this - check it out.

(via delivermefromnowhere)

— 2 years ago with 308 notes
#Bruce  #Danny Clinch  #Wrecking Ball  #Born to Run 
Five Good Covers: Born to Run →

'Good' is subjective (sacrilegious might be more accurate in some cases…) but they're mostly worth a listen!

— 2 years ago with 13 notes
#Bruce Springsteen  #covers  #Born To Run  #Amy Macdonald  #Suzi Quatro  #Glee  #Wolfsbane  #Frankie Goes To Hollywood 
Bruce Springsteen gets poll backing to run for New Jersey governor | Music | The Guardian →

byronic:

When Bruce Springsteen wrote Born to Run more than 30 years ago, it is a safe bet that the eventual destination he had in mind in his anthem to youthful hopes was not the governor’s residence.

But a poll suggests he would romp home in a race against the Republican incumbent in New Jersey, Chris Christie.

The Public Policy Polling survey ties the two on 42% but gives Springsteen much higher favourability ratings.

The survey, conducted from 15-18 July, added Springsteen for fun to a list of possible Democratic challengers to Christie.

Although Springsteen has not indicated plans to stand, the New Jersey native is highly political, having campaigned for John Kerry and Barack Obama in the 2004 and 2008 White House elections, and has been openly critical of Christie.

The Republican governor, who was talked about as a potential Republican presidential candidate earlier this year, has seen his political fortunes dive. Christie is a big Springsteen fan, claiming to have seen him live 125 times, and asked him to perform at his inauguration as governor in 2009. Springsteen declined.

PPP, in a press release, said that if Springsteen was to stand and came across as a credible candidate, he could see a rise in the 42% recorded in the poll. “Springsteen has favourability numbers any politician would die for,” PPP said.

Springsteen, who lives in New Jersey, wrote to New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press earlier this year complaining about Christie’s budget cuts.

“The cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse.”

When Springsteen refused to play at Christie’s inauguration and criticised his opposition to same-sex marriages, Christie joked that it had been two bad decisions by the rock star.

“Bruce and I don’t agree on certain things politically – big shock,” Christie said. “But it doesn’t diminish at all my enjoyment of him as an artist and a performer.”

Before anyone says he was “born to run”, I will put it in writing that I’d get US citizenship and move to New Jersey just to vote for Bruce.

— 3 years ago with 52 notes
#Bruce Springsteen  #The Boss  #The Guv'nor  #New Jersey  #born to run  #USA; politics  #music  #rock  #Springsteen for New Jersey 
Bruce and Clarence were Scooter and the Big Man, they were black and white, they were big and small. It was still a bold move in the early ’70s, especially in some parts of the country, to have an African-American in your band, much less one you danced with, rubbed butts with and engaged in a long soulful kiss with; the country was only a few years out of the Civil Rights movement and there are stories of gigs the band didn’t get and hotels they were told they weren’t welcome in.
via Backstreets.com: Rest in Peace, Big Man
Bruce and Clarence were Scooter and the Big Man, they were black and white, they were big and small. It was still a bold move in the early ’70s, especially in some parts of the country, to have an African-American in your band, much less one you danced with, rubbed butts with and engaged in a long soulful kiss with; the country was only a few years out of the Civil Rights movement and there are stories of gigs the band didn’t get and hotels they were told they weren’t welcome in.
via Backstreets.com: Rest in Peace, Big Man
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#Bruce Springsteen  #Clarence Clemons  #news  #obituary  #E Street Band  #kiss  #black and white  #Born to Run  #10th Avenue Freeze-out  #rock  #Big Man 
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke
Spare a thought for the Big Man. Let’s hope he gets better soon. 
[Photo by Eric Meola via]

Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke

Spare a thought for the Big Man. Let’s hope he gets better soon. 

[Photo by Eric Meola via]

— 3 years ago with 89 notes
#Clarence Clemons  #Bruce Springsteen  #news  #Born to Run  #Eric Meola