From Guardian Music
‘I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud,’ writes the Boss. ‘So am I’
Bruce Springsteen has teased his fans by publishing the brief – very brief – foreword from his forthcoming autobiography, Born to Run, on his website.
“I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I,” he writes. “By 20 no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who ‘lie’ in service of the truth … artists, with a small ‘a’. But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hardcore bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.”
Springsteen writes that his book will be both “a continuation of that story and a search into its origins”. He notes that one of the questions he is asked most frequently is “How do you do it?” and that Born to Run tries to answer both how and why.
He also lists some of the qualities he suggests will come in handy should you find yourself playing in front of “80,000 (or 80) screaming rock’n’roll fans”, those being: “DNA, natural ability, study of craft, development of and devotion to an aesthetic philosophy, naked desire for … fame? … love? … admiration? … attention? … women? … sex? … and oh, yeah … a buck. Then … if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just … don’t … quit … burning.”
Read more at the Guardian
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