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[quote] On 2012-03-16 15:47, Pop Haydn wrote: One thing more, about theft, from the Boss: "Instead Springsteen confined himself to playing music critic for nearly an hour, and he's a good one. The doo-wop music he heard on his mother's kitchen radio in the '50s was "the sound of silk stockings rustling on backseat upholstery." Roy Orbison dramatized "the tragic unknowability of women" and made the listener feel that despite the "romantic apocalypse" his songs portrayed, "the ruin was all worth it." The Animals' version of the Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil song "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" inspired "every song I've ever written" with its class consciousness. "Listen up, youngsters," he said after demonstrating how another Animals song inspired his "Badlands" riff, "this is how successful theft is accomplished." "He parsed the difference between "frightening" and "shocking" in regard to the Sex Pistols, who were the former, he asserted, and in part inspired his 1978 "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album. James Brown was the showman no rocker could ever follow on stage, and Bob Dylan "is the father of my musical country." The kids who grew up in the '50s and '60s felt something was wrong with the world, but couldn't articulate how or why until Dylan's songs came along, Springsteen said. Dylan "gave us the words ... to understand our hearts." In the same way, Springsteen tried to give South by Southwest a philosophy to make sense of now. A fragmented musical world is not necessarily a lesser one, he said. At heart, he urged open-mindedness, an ability "to keep two completely contradictory ideas in your head and heart at all times." "Have iron-clad confidence, but doubt that keeps you awake and alert," he said. "It keeps you honest." All this is from Springsteen's keynote speech in Austin at SXSW: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-15/entertainment/chi-bruce-springsteen-sxsw-keynote-springsteen-speech-at-south-by-southwest-20120315_1_bruce-springsteen-sxsw-musical-memoir [/quote]
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