Monday, July 21, 2008

Free Bruce Springsteen!

Free this week at Rock's Back Pages, a few choice Springsteen articles:

Simon Frith struggles to come to terms with Bruce, live in London (Creem, 1975).

Biba Kopf feels dragged backwards by the Springsteen machine at Wembley (NME, 1985).

David Sinclair senses a fading of the light in Bruce, live (Rolling Stone, 1993).

Dave DiMartino on Bruce in solo acoustic mode (Mojo, 1996).

Rod Tootell wonders how well served Springsteen has been by his official live albums (Rock's Backpages, 2008).

[I tend to agree with Tootell that the best officially-released Springsteen live album is the little noticed Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 CD that was also included with the Born To Run box as a DVD.]

Update: Also this week Variety suggests Springsteen deserves some credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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