New insight into Darkness marketing

Published 2010-04-05
By Karsten S. Andersen
Whether or not Bruce intends to release the damn Darkness box this year, the fans are already getting into full Darkness mode. Various Bruce blogs and news sites seem to center around the subject, and this site, too, has had its share of Darkness. Now our friend Lawrence Kirsch - not content with just releasing a killer book about the Darkness era (The Light in Darkness) - has dug deeper into the Darkness and interviewed a guy named Dick Wingate, who was involved in the launching and marketing.... Read more
   

Poll of the week: The first was the best

Published 2010-03-29
By Karsten S. Andersen
When it comes to the songs Bruce wrote specifically for movies there is no doubt: his first attempt is still the best. "Streets of Philadelphia" from 1993, included in the movie Philadelphia, won in a landslide. With 323 votes, it received more than twice as many as the runner up: "The Wrestler" (170 votes). "Lift Me Up" came in third (56 votes), "Dead Man Walkin'" was number four (42 votes) and "Missing" had to settle for the last spot (26.... Read more
   

On the Backstreets until the end...

Published 2010-03-21
By Karsten S. Andersen
It was a very welcome piece of news to wake up to this morning when Backstreets Magazine announced that #88 is finally due in April. The latest issue was published before the Magic album was released in 2007, which means that one of the busiest periods of Bruce's entire career has gone uncovered by the most important Springsteen fanzine. An incredible shame and, some would say, wasted opportunity, and a source of wonder for most paying subscribers. In his new "Editor's blog" .... Read more
   

Poll of the week: Winterland 1978 is the no. 1 Holy Grail

Published 2010-03-21
By Karsten S. Andersen
Of all the holy grails fans are clamoring for, the rumored video of the legendary December 15, 1978, Winterland show is the holiest. Or at least, it's the one that the most people would rather see released, according to last week's poll. It received 214 votes, which was only 20 more than the - to me - big surprise of the vote: the unreleased 1994 album, which came in second with 194 votes. The mid-Nineties is not exactly known as Bruce's most popular period to the fans, so it's .... Read more
   

Poll of the week

Published 2010-03-14
By Karsten S. Andersen
Most of you probably noticed the Greasy Lake poll on the front page. We've been running it for more than a year now and changing it almost every week. Usually we've put up a new poll every Monday, but in the next few weeks it will be on Sundays. Another thing I'll try to do in the future is commenting on the result. Often the result is so interesting that it just begs for some kind of comment. I won't promise that it will happen every week, but it's something I'll strive to do. Like, .... Read more
   

The Right finally understands "Born in the USA"

Published 2010-03-12
By Karsten S. Andersen
After 25 years of misunderstandings and using "Born in the USA" as background music to political rallies and other flag-waving events, the American Right may finally be realizing that there are lyrics between the choruses. At least one member of the right-wing political sphere got it right: "Born in the USA" is not a jingoistic tribute to the United States. Right-wing talkshow host Glen Beck calls the song "anti-American propaganda". Of course, that's a little.... Read more
   

A bit of release news

Published 2010-03-12
By Karsten S. Andersen
Looks like Bruce will once again contribute to Record Store Day by putting out a rare piece of vinyl. The official list of Record Store Day releases includes a 10" version of "Wrecking Ball" / "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen, and since a 10" disc won't fit in a CD player, this has to be a vinyl record. Most likely, the songs in question will be live versions, and while "The Ghost of Tom Joad" may be the same version released on the Magic Tour.... Read more
   

Bar lawsuit: did Bruce's damage control cause more damage?

Published 2010-02-11
By Karsten S. Andersen
You probably heard it by now. Bruce Springsteen sued a bar New York for having played his music on the sound system without paying a fee to the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), but it was actually the ASCAP who sued in Bruce's name without Bruce's knowledge, and Bruce got mad and made a statement saying that he wanted no part of that lawsuit. Presumably because he didn't want to look like a big greedy capitalist suing little people who just try to run a .... Read more
   

Bruce sexiest guy in music

Published 2010-02-04
By Karsten S. Andersen
Of course, we all know it's true, even those of us who are guys ourselves. Bruce is and will always be the sexiest man in music. But the rest of the world isn't always as informed as it should be. Billboard is now trying to correct this by putting up a poll and make it official. They have of course added other options to the poll for good measure, and you may go and vote just in case, but the result should be a given: Bruce is the one. Go prove.... Read more
   

Bruce rocks the Paramount

Published 2010-01-17
By Karsten S. Andersen
Rumors had been swirling all day, and they were true: Bruce joined the officially announced lineup of artists for the 10th Anniversary Light of Day Concert in Asbury Park. For the first time, the show took place at the Paramount Theatre rather than in a smaller club setting. Bruce was there for the soundcheck and appeared three times during the show. First he was on stage for the end of Willie Nile's set, then he helped out Jesse Malin on "Broken Radio" (Bruce can also be heard on.... Read more
   


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