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Aug. 9th, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
Interesting piece - it did leave a rather disturbing visual image of Chris Christie in my head...

"...duties of rock and roll to create nostalgia" good line.
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Instead of picturing Christie, I kept seeing Meat Loaf.
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
No one should have to see Christie... or Meat Loaf.

Although, Mr. Loaf is at least talented.
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
I once saw the New York Times refer to Lou Reed as "Mr. Reed," so I imagine "Mr. Loaf" wouldn't be out of the question.
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Bruce isn't a complicated performer, despite his music regularly being over-produced. He's got nothing on Dylan and Cash, but his 1982 album Nebraska comes the closest to being genuine. The cult of personality is strong amongst his devotees.
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I like his second album, but maybe that's because I was listening to it before anyone had heard of him. Born to Run contains too many grand statements: "Jungleland," for instance. Darkness on the Edge of Town is solid front to back. Nebraska is among the ballsiest albums of past 40 years. And I like Tunnel of Love—it's way underrated. The rest of his music I can take or leave.

I saw him in late 1978 in a small college arena (5,000 seats), and he was playing songs he hadn't released yet from The River: "Independence Day" and "Point Blank" among them. He had the crowd hanging on every note in those two songs. When he would finish each song, there would be about a second of silence—and *then* the crowd roared. One of the best shows I've ever seen.

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