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My Main “Man” – The Boss.

January 19, 2009

There’s no-one like Bruce Springsteen. He’s been number one on my list of incredible musicians for years. What a talent: his song writing, his music, his singing, his band; words cannot describe the power and sensitivity he has. He’s the one I most often listen to (and dance to) when working in my studio. He’s been a constant in my life.

“In November last year, Barack Obama came to see him play live and confessed to his wife that he was only running for president because he couldn’t be Bruce Springsteen.” From the following article.

Interview by Mark Hagen

The Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009

OMM Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band in concert, Oslo, Norway. Photograph: Allover Norway/Rex Features

It’s Bruce Springsteen in utterly candid mode, discussing how Bush ruined America, and how he coped with recent tragedies of his own. But with a new president, the singer has a fresh optimism – hell, he even loves his local supermarket now.

It’s a cold winter’s day, and I’m driving through snowy fields on my way to meet Bruce Springsteen. Towards the end of the 18th century, a Scottish emigré came to this part of northern New Jersey in search of a new world. He bought land, built a house for his family and settled down to the life of a farmer. The ducks and chickens are still here, but the current owner lives a very different life.

Bruce Springsteen and I struck up a friendship 10 years ago when I came to this same farm to make a film for the BBC. It’s a warm, familiar place, the wood and slate of the kitchen giving way to a small recording studio and a front room decorated with photographs of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Band; the room, in fact, where Springsteen made 2006’s The Seeger Sessions album, the musicians setting up around the sofas and on the stairs. In the parlour some of the photographs for Devils & Dust were taken in 2005 and just out the back is the swimming pool from which he emerged, dripping, in the dread of night for the video of A Night With the Jersey Devil, a spectral blues number based on a sample of Gene Vincent’s 1958 single Baby Blue and given away as a web-based Hallowe’en surprise last year.


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