Oct 27, 2009

Growing up - Bruce Springsteen at Max's

(Max's listing courtesy of BruceBase.)

Somewhat inspired by a recent admission by Alistair over at Unpopular, and due to some information I was seeking out, I stumbled upon this amazing vintage video of Bruce Springsteen performing acoustically at Max's Kansas City, circa 1972. According to the notes, he was opening for Dave Van Ronk and Doris Abrahams.

Not so much a guilty pleasure as a matter of time, I suppose, I've never been a huge Springsteen fan. However enough friends & folks, who I respect, over the years have been taken enough by the Boss' output that I couldn't help but be influenced to some degree. There have been moments where I've been completely caught up. The first being the epic live video for Born To Run which, I think, was released in conjunction with the live boxset around 1985. How could I not get swept up with that song, that crowd? You'd have to be a soulless bastard to not be affected somehow.

Then I remember quite liking his divorce album, Tunnel of Love, from 1987. The production sounds somewhat dated at this point, but the songs are timeless. I liked the fact that the lyrics were seemingly more personal than usual, and they were downright depressing...a big plus for me!

Most recently, I must admit to quite enjoying 2007's Magic, especially Girls In Their Summer Clothes. And I was really impressed by his performance at this year's Stupor Bowl back in January. As the baggage lessens with age, I like my Springsteen best by accident, on the radio, on shuffle...when I'm not expecting it, at the seeming perfect moment.

Anyway, I say all this to say that, no matter what you think of his music, and I'm FAR from his biggest fan, you really have to hand it someone who connects with his audience the way he always has. Growin' Up, from his 1973 debut Greetings From Asbury Park, has always been another favorite. Watch this video from 1972, and try to imagine how this 23 year old felt...I'll bet he was nervous, but he acted like he belonged there. I don't necessarily have the patience for 3 hour concerts, but I always have time for moments. Here's a great moment for you:


Bowery Boogie said...

awesome. i'm a big springsteen fan, and "growing up" is also a favorite. asbury park a great album.

Pop9 said...

Great song, great guy.

NYCDreamin said...

Good find, KB...I put it up on my ongoing "Max's" history post as well.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you giving Bruce some love!
Faithful Reader Deborah

holly said...

good stuff!

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