I am reading this book of interviews slowly, savouring every moment. Through his own words, Bruce comes forward as the human being we know him to be. Just a kid from an insignificant town doing what he does best. And trying to be useful while enjoying himself.
Just a few random picks to wet your appetite:
From the early years:
… overlooked aspect of Bruce’s many talents is his ability to express his hopes, dreams and dedication so eloquently in interviews and speeches.
… he is often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in records.
“I don’t just grind (interviews) out … I think the main thing is the quality.”
Springsteen has little small talk.
… signs of having had some considerable thought expended on them.
… he was running on fumes and instinct, the way the best rock and roll always does.
“I was really terrible at everything else.”
“All I want to do is write some good songs. It’s my trade, you know? It’s how I get my satisfaction.”
“… that’s all I did because that’s all I had. That’s all there was to do, to live for.”
“Anything other than music was always a dead end for me.”
“This is it for me, you know. I got no choice. I have to write and play.”
And from the 1990’s:
“I wasn’t fundamentally interested in having a big hit right away. I was into writing music that was going to thread its way into people’s lives. I was interested in becoming a part of people’s lives, and having some usefulness …:
“I was just getting my life together … You want to set down some roots and let the kids get past that little ‘sprout’ stage and so we stayed home a lot and I concentrated on getting that part of my life together.”
“I’ve worked a long time on my music, and now I’ve been working on my own everyday real life as much and things are very good right now.”
Enough for now …