Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. He has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work.
I Have Spent My Life Judging The Distance Between American Reality And The American Dream.
Somebody Who Can Reckon With The Past, Who Can Live With The Past In The Present, And Move Towards The Future - That's Fabulous.
You Make Your Music, Then You Try To Find Whatever Audience Is Out There For It.
The First Thing That I Do When I Come Out Every Night Is To Look At The Faces In Front Of Me, Very Individually.
On Any Given Night, What Allows Me To Get To That Higher Ground Is The Audience.
You Ask For Your Audience's Investment In Your Music; You're In A Relationship With Them. And Their Relationship With The E Street Band Is Separate From Whatever Else I Might Do. I Like The Idea Of Us Being Something That People Rely On.
I Don't Like To Write Rhetorically Or Get On A Soapbox. I Try To Make The Stuff Multi-layered, So That It Always Has A Life Outside Its Social Context. I Don't Believe That You Can Tell People Anything; You Can Only Draw Them In.
The Star Thing I Can Live With. The Music I Can't Live Without. And That's How It Lays Out For Me, You Know. I Got As Big An Ego And Enjoy The Attention.
I'm Interested In What It Means To Be An American. I'm Interested In What It Means To Live In America. I'm Interested In The Kind Of Country That We Live In And Leave Our Kids. I'm Interested In Trying To Define What That Country Is.
I Grew Up With A Very Big Extended Family, With A Lot Of Aunts. We Had About Five Or Six Houses On One Street.
I've Had An Experience Through Music That Has Touched Almost Every Part Of Me. It Educated Me In Ways That I Didn't Get Educated In School. So We Try To Lay On A Bit Of That, Through Being Funny, Being Serious, Playing Hard.
I'm Always In Search Of Something, In Search Of Losing Myself To The Music.
You Can't Be Afraid Of Getting Old. Old Is Good, If You're Gathering In Life. Our Band Is Good At Understanding That Equation.
You Have To Create The Show Anew, And Find It Anew, On A Nightly Basis.
A Good Song Gathers The Years In. It's Why You Can Sing It With Such Conviction 40 Years After It's Been Written.
A Good Song Takes On More Meaning As The Years Pass By.
You're Always In A Box, And You're An Escape Artist If You Do What I Do - Or If You're A Creative Person, Period. You Build Your Box, And Then You Escape From It. You Build Another One, And You Escape From It. That's Ongoing.
I Was An Insecure Young Man. So My Need For Total Dedication From The People I Was Working With Was Very Great. Those Things Were Tempered As Time Passed By.
Most Bands Don't Work Out. A Small Unit Democracy Is Very, Very Difficult. Very, Very Difficult.
At The Time, There Was A Great Disagreement Over 'The Wild And The Innocent,' And I Was Asked To Record The Entire Album Over Again With Studio Musicians. And I Said I Wouldn't Do It, And They Basically Said, 'Well Hey, Look, It's Going To Go In The Trash Can.' That's The Record Business, You Know.
I Suppose When You Do It Correctly, A Good Introduction And A Good Outro Makes The Song Feel Like It's Coming Out Of Something And Then Evolving Into Something.
There Is Something About The Melody Of 'Thunder Road' That Just Suggests 'New Day.' It Suggests Morning; It Suggests Something Opening Up.
The Past Is Never The Past. It Is Always Present. And You Better Reckon With It In Your Life And In Your Daily Experience, Or It Will Get You. It Will Get You Really Bad.
I Think There's Only Eight Songs On 'Born To Run' - I Don't Think It's Much More Than 35 Minutes Long. But As You Move Into It, Where Every Song Comes Up In The Sequence Makes A Lot Of Sense - Though We Weren't Thinking About It; We Were Going On Instinct At The Time.
When You Start Talking About Elections Being Rigged, You're Pushing People Beyond Democratic Governance. And It's A Very, Very Dangerous Thing To Do.
I Don't Think People Go To Musicians For Their Political Points Of View. I Think Your Political Point Of View Is Circumstances And Then How You Were Nurtured And Brought Up.
I Think You Have A Limited Amount Of Impact As An Entertainer, Performer, Or Musician.
I Looked At Myself, And I Just Said, 'Well, You Know, I Can Sing, But I'm Not The Greatest Singer In The World. I Can Play Guitar Very Well, But I'm Not The Greatest Guitar Player In The World.' So I Said, 'Well, If I'm Going To Project An Individuality, It's Going To Have To Be In My Writing.'
My Dad Was Young; He Went To Work. But He'd Been To War. He'd Seen Some Of The World. It Wasn't Like He Was Going To Be An Extensive Traveler Or Something. It Didn't Seem To Be In His Nature Or In The Nature Of His Parents Or Many Of The Folks In My Family, Really.
I Was A Pretty Sensitive Kid And Quite Neurotic, Filled With A Lot Of Anxiety, Which All Would Have Been Very Familiar To My Pop, You Know? Except It Was A Part Of Himself He Was Trying To Reject, So I Got Caught In The Middle Of It, I Think.
I Think I Created My Particular Stage Persona Out Of My Dad's Life, And Perhaps I Even Built It To Suit Him To Some Degree.
Adult Life Is Dealing With An Enormous Amount Of Questions That Don't Have Answers. So I Let The Mystery Settle Into My Music. I Don't Deny Anything, I Don't Advocate Anything, I Just Live With It.
While I Wasn't Very Good At Much Else In School, In My Creative-writing Classes Or When We Had To Do Some Writing In My English Classes, I Tended To Do Better At It.
The Release Date Is Just One Day, But The Record Is Forever.
I Can Sing Very Comfortably From My Vantage Point Because A Lot Of The Music Was About A Loss Of Innocence, There's Innocence Contained In You But There's Also Innocence In The Process Of Being Lost.
You Can't Have A United States If You Are Telling Some Folks That They Can't Get On The Train. There Is A Cracking Point Where A Society Collapses.
I Had Tried To Go To College, And I Didn't Really Fit In. I Went To A Real Narrow-minded School Where People Gave Me A Lot Of Trouble, And I Was Hounded Off The Campus - I Just Looked Different And Acted Different, So I Left School.
For An Adult, The World Is Constantly Trying To Clamp Down On Itself. Routine, Responsibility, Decay Of Institutions, Corruption: This Is All The World Closing In.
Your Success Story Is A Bigger Story Than Whatever You're Trying To Say On Stage. Success Makes Life Easier. It Doesn't Make Living Easier.
When I Was Growing Up, There Were Two Things That Were Unpopular In My House. One Was Me, And The Other Was My Guitar.
This Music Is Forever For Me. It's The Stage Thing, That Rush Moment That You Live For. It Never Lasts, But That's What You Live For.
The Best Music Is Essentially There To Provide You Something To Face The World With.
The Audiences Are There As A Result Of My History With The Band But Also As A Result Of My Being Able To Reach People With A Tune.
I Hadn't Performed By Myself In A While. It Feels Very Natural To Me, And I Assume People Come For The Very Same Reasons As They Do When I'm With The Band: To Be Moved, For Something To Happen To Them.
It's Always Felt Natural, Because I'm Generally Very Comfortable With People.
Your Spoken Voice Is A Part Of It - Not A Big Part Of It, But It's Something. It Puts People At Ease, And Once Again Kind Of Reaches Out And Makes A Bridge For What's Otherwise Difficult Music.
I Have My Ideas, I Have My Music And I Also Just Enjoy Showing Off, So That's A Big Part Of It. Also, I Like To Get Up Onstage And Behave Insanely Or Express Myself Physically, And The Band Can Get Pretty Silly.
Plus, You Know, When I Was Young, There Was A Lot Of Respect For Clowning In Rock Music - Look At Little Richard. It Was A Part Of The Whole Thing, And I Always Also Believed That It Released The Audience.
But Then I Go Through Long Periods Where I Don't Listen To Things, Usually When I'm Working. In Between The Records And In Between The Writing I Suck Up Books And Music And Movies And Anything I Can Find.
When It Comes To Luck, You Make Your Own.