Bruce Springsteen – November 2013 Articles

Collection of Bruce Springsteen articles from November 2013


While we wait the Wrecking Ball 2014 tour to begin. Here’s some links to recent Bruce Springsteen & E Street band related blog posts and news from past month.

Q&A With Steven Van Zandt: ‘No Way You Could Predict My Life’ –

Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days Chronicled in New Photo Book –

Flashback: Bruce Springsteen Strips Down ‘Dancing in the Dark’ –

Story behind rock songs in film Philadelphia –

Jake Clemons in his uncle’s footsteps and beyond –

Bruce Springsteen super-fan from Jesmond appears on the Boss’s new DVD –

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball –

Book Review: Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974 –

New Bruce Springsteen Blu-ray alert: “Springsteen & I” –

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Balboa Park” (1995) –

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Line” (1995) –

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Sinaloa Cowboys” (1995) –

Sting: ‘Peter Gabriel & I stole Springsteen’s clothes for prank –

“Vietnam” (recorded September – December, 1981 at Springsteen’s House, Colt’s Neck, NJ; unreleased) –

Today: Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen was released 26 years ago in 1987 –

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Springsteen & I – Blu-ray

New Bruce Springsteen Blu-ray alert: “Springsteen & I”


While waiting the Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s 2014 tour. Here’s something that helps with the waiting period (also a great Christmas gift idea?):

Springsteen & I (Blu-ray):

Press Release:

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Eagle Rock Entertainment, Black Dog Films and Mr. Wolf are delighted to announce the release on October 29, 2013 of Springsteen & I on DVD, Blu-ray and Visual Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date October 4, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].

Fully endorsed and supported by Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen & I is a unique feature music documentary celebrating a rock ‘n’ roll icon. The film has already enjoyed a very successful theatrical release grossing over $2.5 million in cinemas in 50 countries since July 2013. Working with the filmmakers, Springsteen’s fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them amidst amazing performance footage.

The experiences that form the emotional core of this compelling film are touching, at times humorous and frequently extraordinary insights and stories that all come from the heart. Springsteen & I is a film by the fans and for the fans, created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen, which tracks his career to date.

Ridley Scott, Executive Producer, commented, “This beautifully crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music.”

USA Today highlighted the “plethora of unseen material even the die-hards haven’t laid eyes on yet” which includes footage of unseen Springsteen performances of classics such as “Dancing In The Dark,” “Born In The USA,” “I’m On Fire,” “Born To Run,” “The River,” “Thunder Road,” “Spirits In The Night,” and many more. As Bonus Features we also include six tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 Hyde Park performance: “Thunder Road”; “Because The Night”; “Shackled & Drawn” and “We Are Alive”, and “Twist and Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There” accompanied by Paul McCartney sharing vocals. There is also additional fan contributions not included in the film.

Springsteen & I is a celebratory experience that wears its heart on its sleeve. The NME said the film perfectly captured “the stomach-flipping feeling you get when Springsteen straps on a guitar”. Director Judd Apatow called the film “a great music doc. Really moving, it rocked. There is nobody like Springsteen.”

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Book Review: Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974

Bruce Springsteen book review – Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949 – 1974 by Craig Statham

Springsteen Saint In The City 1949-1974_book_cover

I have always been really interested about the whole early Springsteen era, and I have read all the early stories that are on Brucebase website many times. I really looked forward to read this book, as finally there is a book that covers all the early Springsteen’s bands; including Castiles, Child, Steel Mill, Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom, and Bruce Springsteen Band.

Craig Statham has done a wonderful job sharing all the info there is. There are many stories I have not heard before. For me these little unheard stories are true gold nuggets. Book has about 180 pages and the chapters are just in perfect length. For those who are unfamiliar with all the early songs, this book helps to open up the lyrics more and how Springsteen’s songwriting has evolved.

Springsteen: Saint in the City 1949-1974 book could be better thought. Some of the pictures are from low quality sources. I hoped to see some unreleased photos, but there was only few that I haven’t seen previously. Also the quality of the paper used in this book and layout could have been better. I hoped to read more about the Boom Carter era, but maybe there’s not much new to share. End of the book felt bit rushed to me. Although, that’s something I have felt with other Springsteen books too.

For fans who are looking more info about the Bruce Springsteen’s before the fame era, this book covers pretty much everything you can hope for.

After reading this book, same question rises once again. Why is Bruce Springsteen so shamed about his early career? Every book lacks Bruce Springsteen point of view about the early days. Why we haven’t heard any of the early material officially? There are more than Tracks box-set of worth material (from 1966-1973) waited to be heard, even for us die-hard fans. There’s nothing to a shamed about the quality of these recordings. Why not just take the same route as Bob Dylan did with his “Bootleg Series”, or what Neil Young has done with his Archive releases? We can only hope that the Tracks 2 box will cover the pre-E Street band songs and bands..with notes from Mr. Springsteen himself. Now the best we can do, is to head to the Youtube and Brucebase site and search more info about those early gems.

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As someone of you might know, Brucetapes website started as a database aimed for the Springsteen traders, to help them find info about bootlegs from 1969-1979. This database is still beneath this blog (you can access it here)

Related videos:

Few early “videos” made by me.

Steel Mill – Wind And The Rain (live):

Steel Mill – The Wind And The Rain (Live… by brucetapes
Plenty of early photos included. Audio quality is pretty bad (Thanks to bad encoding by dailymotion). I don’t have the original file anymore. 🙁

Bruce Springsteen Band – Cowboys Of The Sea (Live):

I think I have lost the original file for this video too. I need to check my archives for an upgrade.