Classic Album Track: Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”

Classic Album Track: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Daniel Eriksson

Bruce Springsteen really had his work cut out for him when he started working on what was to become his breakthrough, the album Born to Run. His two previous albums Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., and The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, although critically well-received, had failed to sell as well as the record company had hoped. Born to Run took about 18 months to record.

In the Born To Run documentary Wings For Wheels that was included with the 30th Anniversary Edition of the album, Springsteen says about the song: “This particular single took us a long time. I recollect us spending almost 6 months at intervals making it.” Basically a third of the entire recording time was spent working on the title track. Bruce’s vision with the whole album was to achieve a sound similar to that of Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound.” “If this record didn’t make it, it seemed obvious that it was going to be the end of the recording career,” said E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt in the same documentary. The pressure was definitely on.

“Born to Run” was recorded before drummer Max Weinberg, and pianist Roy Bittan joined the band. David Sancious handles the piano part, and the drums were recorded by Ernest “Boom” Carter. Sancious and Carter left the E Street Band shortly after recording the song, to join a jazz band. Because of Carter’s jazz influences, the drum sound on “Born to Run” is very different from the rest of the tracks on the album. Most noticeable is the syncopated drum fill in the song. In Wings For Wheels, Weinberg explains that he struggled to capture the feel of Ernie’s fill: “This one little lick that he played in the middle, that’s on the record. I tried to play it. A very syncopated kind of jazz-fusion part. Finally, it just never came off right, so I eliminated it, and I’ve never played it.” Weinberg’s playing works great though, since his straight up rock groove is more in line with Springsteen’s material.

“Born to Run” also has the distinction of being the only song on the album to be partially written on guitar. Springsteen wrote the main riff on guitar, before finishing the song on piano. The song was written in a little house in Long Branch, New Jersey, as was the rest of the album, according to Springsteen. Whenever the house has come up for sale over the years, it has gained quite a bit of attention, even on an international level, because of its importance in the early career of Bruce Springsteen.

The driving force in “Born to Run” is the main guitar riff, which is played in the song’s intro and the chorus. While not technically advanced, the melodic nature of it makes fans “sing along” to the riff at concerts. To the casual listener Bruce Springsteen might not seem like more than an average guitarist, but anyone who has seen him live would beg to differ. During concert performances of “Born to Run,” The Boss directs the entire band with the help of his guitar. Bruce has explained in interviews that he once held the ambition to be the fastest guitar player in Asbury Park, and while that style of playing doesn’t exactly lend itself to the type of music he plays, he still busts out blazing solos when playing live, like for example from the Darkness on the Edge of Town album, “Prove it All Night.”

“Born to Run” was written long before the album came out. Springsteen started playing it live as early as May 1974, which resulted in Allan Clarke of The Hollies’ cover of the song almost being released before Bruce’s own version.

Lyrics are very important to Bruce Springsteen, and at the time of making Born to Run, he would obsess just as much over the lyrics as he would the music. “The music was composed very, very meticulously. So where the words. The amount of time spent honing the lyrics was enormous. The notebook that I wrote ‘Born to Run’ in, you would take the first page and you would see a line or two. Fifty pages later you’d get something close to the finished song,” said Bruce in Wings For Wheels. In its essence, “Born to Run” is really a love song. Bruce, or whoever he imagines the song’s protagonist to be, wants to pick up his girlfriend and get out of New Jersey. The song also feature cars, and street racing, a favorite subject of Bruce’s at the time. Racing and muscle cars are at the heart of songs like “Jungleland,” and “Racing in the Street.”

“I worked very very long on the lyrics to ‘Born To Run’ because I was very aware that I was messing with classic rock n’ roll. The images that easily turns into clichés. I worked really hard on getting the soul of the song, the spiritual side of the song right,” said Springsteen. The hard work paid off. “Born to Run” is still a staple in Bruce’s live show, and will continue to be so for the rest of his career.

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Libro Bruce Springsteen, The Light in Darkness

Ciao a tutti,
ho di recente acquistato via Internet il libro fotografico sul tour del ’78 The Light In Darkness,
dallo stesso autorre del libro, purtroppo esaurito, “For You”.

Lo potete ordinare al sito “www.thelightindarkness.com”

Ve lo consiglio. Bellissime fotografie, e racconti dei fan del tempo, che ebbero la fortuna di assistere a quel magico e incredibile tour.

“Con Darkness on the Edge of Town Bruce Springsteen e la E Street Band presero una posizione precisa proprio quando tutto era in discussione,” scrive Vike Savoth nella prefazione di “The Light in Darkness”. “Erano pronti a pagare il prezzo di un violento ingresso nell’oblio del rock and roll prendendo le distanze dal sound e dal look che aveva dato loro popolarità e fortuna”.

Con oltre 200 fotografie e 100 racconti originali raccontati dai leggendari fan di Springsteen “The Light in The Darkness” è il punto di vista dei seguaci del Boss sul suo quarto album.

Spesso trascurato rispetto agli altri classici di Springsteen “Darkness on the Edge of Town” contiene un sound più crudo ed arrabbiato rispetto alle opere precedenti. Uscito al termine di un’aspra battaglia legale durata tre anni con il primo manager di Springsteen molti fans e la critica hanno fatto fatica ad apprezzarne le sonorità.

“Ho dovuto ascoltare quell’album intensamente, più e più volte per scoprire dove l’avrei incontrato, o in realtà dove lui stava incontrando me” scrive Suzanne Scala. “questo era quando ascoltare un album significava sdraiarsi sul pavimento, testa tra le casse, far cadere la testina sul disco ancora e ancora per ascoltare e riascoltare quella canzone”

Nonostante tutto non ci volle molto tempo perché l’album prendesse il suo posto nel cuore dei fans più accaniti. Molti di essi ancora oggi lo definiscono come il loro album preferito e continuano a trovare rifugio all’interno dei suoi testi ermetici.

“La canzone Darkness on the Edge of Town mi parla direttamente“, dice l’editore del libro, Lawrence Kirsch. “Si, l’umore è più scuro che nei precedenti album, ma non senza speranza. Darkness on the Edge of Town è puro ed energico Rock and Roll ed è uno dei più bei lavori che Springsteen abbia mai concepito”.

Nonostante i toni più scuri del disco il tour che ne seguì fu uno dei più energici della carriera di Springsteen. Con più di 200 foto “The Light in The Darkness” mostra Bruce ai suoi apici mentre corre sul palco, salta dal pianoforte e guada le folle dei fans. Con il tour del 1978 Springsteen iniziò la tradizione dei suoi concerti epici da più di tre ore. All’epoca fu una novità così rivoluzionaria che molti, pensando che lo show fosse terminato, lasciavano il concerto durante l’intervallo.
Nonostante il Boss abbia appena compiuto 60 ancora oggi mantiene la tradizione di allora con concerti epici che non trovano uguali in qualsiasi altro artista.

“Lui era come un fulmine attraverso le tenebre, e la band era il tuono” scrive Ron Wells. “Non ho mai visto nessun altro musicista così pieno di energia e gioia. Era in missione. Non era solo un concerto per lui; era libertà e gioia fatta persona.

Narrando alcuni dei suoi show più famosi, come l’Agora di Cleveland, il Roxy di L.A. ed il Winterland Ballroom di San Francisco, “The Light in Darkness” riporta sotto i riflettori alcuni concerti epici suonati in piccoli club.

“Il libro regalerà ai lettori almeno una piccola prospettiva di quello che abbiamo vissuto nel ‘78” dice Kirsch. “La connessione ed il legame creato tra il musicista e la sua audience durante questo tour ha definito il nuovo punto di riferimento per tutti gli album ed i tour che sarebbero seguiti”.

A distanza di 30 anni l’eccitazione e la passione che questo album ed il tour riuscirono ad accendere nel cuore dei fans non sono diminuite. The Light in The Darkness riporta in vita l’incredibile legame che i seguaci del Boss hanno con questo periodo della sua carriera rendendolo un’opera che i fans non potranno perdere.

Vi segnalo inoltre che dal 30/08/2013 al 30/09 sono azzerati i costi di spedizione del libro!
Un’ottima occasione per approffittarne…
The Light in Darkness
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Libro de Bruce Springsteen

The Light in Darkness

208 páginas, papel alta calidad, más de 200 fotos. Edición limitada.
El autor del excelente libro “For You”, donde recopilaba cientos de historias contadas por fans de Springsteen junto a cientos de fantásticas fotos inéditas, ha vuelto a repetir, sólo que ahora superando el listón.
Su nuevo libro está ahora totalmente dedicado a la gira de 1978, de álbum Darkness on the Edge of Town, probablemente la mejor gira de Springsteen y de la historia del rock.

Para esta ocasión Lawrence ha compilado cientos de fotos inéditas de la gira, de muchos conciertos, junto a las historias más apasionantes contadas por los propios fans que asistieron a esos conciertos y tuvieron la suerte de vivirlo en primera persona. Un libro fascinante que nos transporta a una época memorable y ya irrepetible.

El anterior libro, For You, se agotó rapidamente. Nuevamente se trata de una edición limitada por lo cual recomendamos pedirlo ya ahora para asegurar tu copia.

Idioma del texto: Inglés.
Páginas: 208
Fotos: B/N y Color. Más de 200.
Tamaño: 22 x 30 cm.

Sal Trepat
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Libro de Bruce Springsteen
Edición Limitada para fans del Boss.
Pídelo ahora: envío gratuito durante un mes!
The Light in Darkness

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Fans Campaign to Get Bruce Springsteen to Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch fans are campaigning on Facebook to get Bruce Springsteen to perform a concert for the south.

Tickets for Springsteen’s March 2014 Auckland show with the E Street Band went on sale yesterday and sold out within an hour.

Speaking from Melbourne, Michael Gudinski, chairman of The Frontier Touring Company, said he was in negotiations for a second New Zealand concert.

But Mainland fans hope that, if a second concert is announced, they want to bring The Boss, 63, to Christchurch and they’ve taken to social media, determined to make it happen.

The Facebook page Come to Christchurch Bruce Springsteen currently has more than 10,300 likes.

Wendy Davie said she started the campaign after seeing Springsteen perform in Melbourne earlier this year.

“I went with my husband, I wasn’t a fan before then but I was well and truly converted,” she said.

At that concert, Davie said she was a “blubbering mess” when Springsteen performed My City in Ruins as she felt the song had special meaning for Christchurch.

When she heard Springsteen had announced a concert in Auckland she wanted him to perform the song in Christchurch as she believed it would be “uplifting” for quake-affected residents.

“I just thought I’d put something on Facebook to see if anyone else felt the same way and the response has been overwhelming,” she said.

Davie, who manages support services for the Cancer Society, said that she had been told her email asking Springsteen to perform in Christchurch had been passed on to Gudinski for his consideration.

“To me it seems as if people in Christchurch are feeling tired and don’t have much to look forward to. Even if this campaign doesn’t work, if it gives a few people a lift then it will have been worth it,” Davie said.

A spokesperson for Frontier Touring told The Press last week that there were “no plans for a South Island show at this stage”.

In 2010 a similar Facebook campaign to get Metallica to perform a Christchurch show was successful.

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Growin’ Up… with Bruce Springsteen

Growing up, I remember the wall of records in the living room of my house. There was this glass shelving that stretched the whole length of the wall bursting with my mom’s records – all her favorites from childhood that she had seen as a young teen at Alan Freed’s “Rock and Roll” shows in the city; Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers. She also had a love of Broadway, country music and folk so I would hear Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, The Oak Ridge Boys and every show tune you can imagine. Of course there was her collection of Elvis 45′s – he was her absolute favorite. And I can’t forget Tom Jones…

She also kept up with new records of the day so when she walked through the front door in June 1984 with a new record, it was nothing special. My big sister, Lauren, asked her, “Does daddy know you have that?!”, because of the picture of a man’s butt on the cover. When that album hit the turntable, this 7-year old tomboy stood transfixed over it, like I had never heard sound before. What I had never heard, though, was a voice like that. He sounded like your buddy next door’s cool older brother who would throw the ball around with you and sneak you rides on his motorcycle. Nothing fake, nothing fancy, nothing contrived. Just truth and passion. When the last song, My Hometown played, I was hooked for good. You see, my dad would sit me on his lap and let me steer the car, too (not a big old Buick but rather a big old Chevy station wagon… bright orange no less) I guess at the most basic level, it was connection. It was something special. I played that record so much that my parents bought me my own cassette tape of it so they wouldn’t have to hear it blaring through the house constantly.

Not long after that, my brother, sister and I were sent to rural Minnesota for the summer to stay with relatives. It was an unpleasant time for Josh, Lauren and me. I remember sitting on the floor between the bed and the wall, shutting my eyes, listening to Born In The USA on my Fisher-Price tape player and getting to be somewhere else….

Now we went walking in the rain, talkin’ about the pain that from the world we hid
Now there ain’t nobody nowhere no how gonna ever understand me the way you did

Yeah, Bruce.

I truly believe that when you are a kid there are pivotal moments in your life, whether you are conscious of it or not, when you are deciding what kind of person you are going to be. If you are feeling hurt, anger, pain that you internalize, you can decide to spew the same thing back out at the world. Or you can decide that it doesn’t feel so good and that you will do your best to never treat anyone else like that. Bruce taught me that there is a right way and a wrong way to treat people and no matter what, I should try to be a good person that begins with how I treat others. It might end there, too. You are going to fail, fall short, fuck up – as everyone does, everyday – and you are always going to encounter meanness or apathy but the best you can do is be who you are regardless. Let those stars burning bright guiding you on your journey be the sanctity of treating others right and let that light shine through all that you do…like some mystery
uncovered, indeed.

Bruce has taught me the importance and beauty of having ideals – ideals for your own behavior, for your community, for your country and for your world. Bruce’s ideals are front and center in his music as are his faults. He is honest and real about his failures which make his ideals the same. He shows us that just because we cannot live up to our ideals does not mean that we should not hold them high. In fact, falling short of our ideals is the exact reason to have them; so we pick ourselves up, learn from mistakes and have something inspiring to work toward. And although we never fully get there – it’s always just cutting a half in half – there is excitement in there always being something new to learn, to grow from and into a better person, a better community, a better country and a better world.

Seeing him play live, more than a time or two, has also taught me an important life lesson: Be in THIS moment! Like two lines from Darkness, an album I went steady with as a teenager:

Everybody’s got a secret sonny/Everybody’s got something that they just can’t face/Some folks spend their lives trying to keep it/They carry it with ‘em every step that they take/Till some day they just cut it loose/Cut it loose or let it drag ‘em down/Where no one asks any questions or looks too long in your face/In the darkness on the edge of town

and…

You talk about a dream/Try to make it real/You wake up in the night with a fear so real/You spend your life waiting for a moment that just don’t come/Well don’t waste your time waiting

Don’t let pain from your past or promise of a future prevent you from living this moment right now. And I have never felt more alive or in the moment than at Bruce’s show (maybe just while making love). Learning to bring that feeling of living in and embracing this moment into my everyday was a revelation.

What has his music, his integrity, his insight, his courage of conviction and disdain of indifference brought to me? As if helping to raise me weren’t enough, it’s as if Bruce has paid me for my love of his music in intangible riches; a treasure in connection, a bounty of pure joy, a wealth of experiences and a king’s ransom in friendships. If it is true that you reap what you sow, what Bruce has sown in his respect for this community has been reaped in the kindness, compassion, generosity, dedication, empathy, passion and humor of the people I have gotten to know and share life – not just concerts – with, and am lucky enough to call my friends.

I could have recounted amazing concerts or a few cool times having met him but what stands out to me the most are these gifts from Bruce that form the essence of who I am eternally moving toward becoming.

And then there’s Red Headed Woman…

Ruth Barohn
August 2013
New York

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