After years of hearing respected musicians and music-loving friends laud Bruce Springsteen, I've finally resolved to give him a chance.
My previous experience with Springsteen is limited at best. I know most of the hits, his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" actually stops me from flipping past the Christmas radio station, I own a well-worn vinyl copy of Nebraska, and I had a brief, but intense love of Born In the USA during elementary school (although mostly just the song, "Dancing in the Dark").
In response, I've decided to immerse myself in his catalog in a quest to see what I'm missing or whether my indifference to most of his music is justified. Originally I planned to call it "My September of Springsteen," but I'm getting a late start. Using our Freegal service [Update: Freegal is no longer available as of 1/31/12] and amazing CD collection, I'm starting with 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and will work my way chronologically to 2009's Working On a Dream. It might also be helpful to watch a few of his DVDs, but catching up on almost three decades of albums seems like a lot of work already.
Maybe the recently passed Clarence Clemons will be able to overcome my hatred of saxophones in rock music? Maybe I'll glean some fashion advice from the hipster-worthy album photos from the 70s & 80s (excluding Tunnel of Love...yikes)? I'm excited to find out.
Any advice for this endeavor? Favorite albums or Springsteen memories?
What legendary musician would you choose for a similar project?
Oh, and dislike for saxaphones in rock?
Not a fan of The Rolling Stones, Rocket From the Crypt, etc?
I've followed Bruce's career closely for 37 years now, although not as closely as some of his truly obsessed fans have. I've seen him live three times, although that too is puny compared to some real fans. I would suggest that to get the full picture you have to go, ah, beyond the authorized releases. In particular check out Piece de Resistance - "http://www.allmusic.com/album/piece-de-resistance-bootleg-r231116". It is around the internet, if you know where to look and are willing to go there, in both audio only and video versions. It is the record of a 1978 concert in New Jersey that in my opinion shows him at his peak.
Hi, Bobby, you might also view the DVD of The Boss view about Pete Seeger's greatest hits. In this DVD I really got the deep felt patriotism which exudes from Springsteen.