In honor of a photography exhibit that just opened last weekend at the Snap Gallery in Birmingham (Born To Run: The Unseen Photographs, by Eric Meola, who photographed the Born To Run album cover), the Telegraph (UK) asks various musicians why they love Bruce and a bit about their favorite Springsteen lyric.
Here are a few excerpts that I related to in some way:
Jeremy Vine, Radio 2 presenter
“Thunder Road and Born to Run are the best songs in rock and roll. They’re cinematographic â€“ like a movie and music in tandem. They’ll still be playing those songs in a thousand years’ time. In fact, I bet they’re playing them on other planets right now.”
Favourite lyric â€“ from ‘Hungry Heart’ (1980)
Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going
Billy Bragg, singer/songwriter
“I saw him at Meadowlands in New Jersey, which is a huge sports arena, and he made it seem like a little local bar. “
Favourite lyric â€“ from ‘Racing in The Street’ (1978)
Tonight my baby and me, we’re gonna drive to the sea
and wash these sins from our hands
Badly Drawn Boy, singer/songwriter
“The way I discovered Springsteen was pretty special: it felt like serendipity. It was Christmas and I was 14, just flicking TV channels. Suddenly I saw him on The Old Grey Whistle Test – footage of him playing Thunder Road live at Madison Square Garden in 1979. Just hearing the piano and harmonica made me think, ‘Wow, what’s that song?’ The next day I bought the album, and then the rest of them in chronological order. I spent the next four years listening to nothing but Springsteen.
It was Springsteen who started me thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t know I had music in me.”
Favourite lyric â€“ from ‘Thunder Road’ (1975)
Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night
You ain’t a beauty but, hey, you’re alright
Oh, and that’s alright with me
Thunder Road (live from Madison Square Garden, 1979) – Bruce Springsteen
VIEW: Virtually tour the exhibit here, minus the cool art gallery ambience.