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LA Times on Bruce Springsteen: It’s no dream

April 6, 2009

Bruce Springsteen backstage in the Asbury Park Convention Hall by Wally Skalij from the LA Times April 5, 2009“There are a lot of ghosts in this place,” Bruce Springsteen told the LA Times Geoff Boucher

as his boots clomped on an ancient staircase at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. It was here in this old seaside venue that Springsteen, as a teenager, watched Jim Morrison prowl the stage and Keith Moon thunder away on drums for the Who. It was also in the corridors here that he brushed past a wild-child named Janis Joplin. “Our elbows, they came this close,” said Springsteen, somehow still amazed that a Jersey kid could come within arm’s reach of rock history.

LA Time’s reporter Geoff Boucher traveled to the land of Bruce to land an in-depth interview with Bruce Springsteen. The article in last Sunday’s LA Times (April 5, 2009)  features hometown, homegrown stories and a number of photos of Bruce, including an intimate photo of Bruce working on his set list, sitting on a leather couch strumming a guitar, his hair still dark but thinning, his bifocals casually laying across sheets of paper with familiar titles, even in shorthand. As Bruce puts it  at the end of the article,

“Patti told me there was something about getting into your 50s, that people get very focused and busy in their 50s, and that maybe it’s because an oncoming train focuses the mind,” he said. “There may be some element of that involved with me right now. I


hear a whistle in the distance somewhere — maybe I’d better start to writing.”

You can read the whole article here. But you can only see those photos in the print version unless I scan them!

Bruce Springsteen comes to LA next Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16 (and then on to Coachella for the weekend to play with Paul McCartney or Leonard Cohen or Conor Oberst??)  Meet you back here for more news from the streets–and backstage as I am sure the Big Monkey will be hanging around to get Bruce to sign a photo of them together from their younger days.,0,7079301,full.story

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