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THE BUREAU ICON ESSAY : BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
"Part Rock and Roll, part Soul, part Rhythm and Blues, part Folk, part Gospel: Got any other parts ? It's a dragster, with dual manifolds, hopped up octane, candy coated paint job, pinstripes and more chrome than anyone could imagine, and yes, there is a naked lady in the front seat."
After years of working his way up, shaping his style from the earliest inspirations, some credited to his mother's love of pop music on the radio, others to his first view of Elvis Presley on television, to his time with bands such as, The Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill and eventually, his own. The many years of visiting Asbury Park, located just twenty minutes from the place of his birth, Freehold, New Jersey, during the glory days of rock and roll, where one could find great piano players, saxophone soloists and jam guitarists, of all sorts, ready to play all night, had begun to show an original and a distinctly American voice. He is clearly inspired by the films of Terence Malick and had he not persevered, he may have become another artist who only released a handful of great albums in the same way that Malick did films. It is well known that Bruce was blown away by the power of what Van Morrison was doing with back up soul singers, a large horn section, organ players and the full regalia that eventually becomes, what is now commonly known as the, "Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band," sound. Part Rock and Roll, part Soul, part Rhythm and Blues, part Folk, part Gospel: Got any other parts ? It's a dragster, with dual manifolds, hopped up octane, candy coated paint job, pinstripes and more chrome than anyone could imagine, and yes, there is a naked lady in the front seat. Bruce is driving, sometimes recklessly. His people are not at all unlike the characters in, "American Graffiti," some will die in Vietnam, some will become bankers, some will marry farmers, most will barely struggle through middle age with kids, divorces and jobs that disappear, all are purely American. He's still out there. He's more powerful than ever. That is why, today, we honor the spirit of one of America's, and the World's, greatest living Rock & Roll Icons: Mr. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.