Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
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But after fumbling at the gate, Springsteen should have found an elegant solution; almost any gesture at this point would improve on nothing.
Instead, in 1982, he came out with an album consisting of a series of dark songs he had recorded by himself, for himself. In the spring of 2021, Bruce Springsteen invited me to spend some time with him in Colts Neck, New Jersey, so that we could talk about Nebraska.He is a Grammy-nominated producer of the PBS series Soundbreaking and a consulting producer on the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom . But more than forty years later, Nebraska is arguably Springsteen's most important record-the lasting clue to understanding not just his career as an artist and the vision behind it, but also the man himself. Given the way Springsteen has interviewed throughout his career, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he seemed to hold back nothing. Warren Zanes spoke to many people involved with making Nebraska, including Bruce Springsteen himself.
We know when we’re trying to make our images or our music look or sound better than they are, and it’s time to consider, on occasion, choosing not to.Landau once proclaimed, in Boston’s Real Paper in 1974, that he “saw rock and roll[’s] future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,” and he has since served as both producer and manager. The recording came from a place and a time in which Springsteen was facing troubles in his life, troubles that had no name as of yet. I wanted to see that room because something important was made there, and I wanted to know if by looking at a photograph of the space, I could see traces of what happened, the outlines of Nebraska. Landau puts it like this to Zanes: “It’s like he had his Star Wars and his art movie in his hand at the same moment. Joe Roberts, the cop who narrates “Highway Patrolman,” lets his degenerate brother Frankie drive out of state after committing a murder.
This book is about Bruce Springsteen’s weird, gothic, heartbroken 1982 left turn, ‘Nebraska,’ which is not just a startling swerve in the career of a great American artist or a pivotal yet neglected transitional moment in the history of recorded music, but the question Springsteen asked himself forty years ago: what do you do when you begin to understand that the things you have loved most have begun to do you harm? They harmonized as youthful symbols embracing rock old age, beyond what anybody might have imagined as teenagers embracing teen music, beyond even rock’s grandiose early promise. The album’s provenance, as a series of home-recorded demos that Springsteen released as-is after unsuccessful attempts to give them the E Street Band treatment, is well-known, certainly in Springsteen lore. It gave me the feeling I got from, say, Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” or the punk rock of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ “Blank Generation.
Probably yes since the author of this new Nebraska book spoke with Bruce Springsteen and that might reveal new details that are still unknown today. In particular he lays out how this particular group of tracks, laid down smack dab in the middle of the far more boisterous “Born in the USA” sessions, came to be in the first place. I hope that someday an expanded version of 'Nebraska' that includes 'Pink Cadillac', 'BITUSA', 'Child Bride', 'Downbound Train', 'Losin' Kind' and 'Dream Baby' will be released officially, even though I have the bootleg. Nebraska es la continuación de la vida de esos personajes salidos de la inocencia de Born To Run, la angustia de Darkness on the Edge Of Town y las responsabilidades de The River.