Bruce Springsteen Talks New Memoir, Album & Kanye West at Apple SoHo Event
Bruce Springsteen fans hoping for new music may get their wish as soon as this year, the singer disclosed in a moderated conversation Wednesday night (Sept. 28) at Apple's SoHo store in New York City.
"It's been done for a while and it's pretty good," Springsteen told moderator Eddy Cue in the singer's first-ever Facebook Live event. "It's kind of a solo record."
Springsteen -- who began his day posing with fans at a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square -- sat down at the Apple store for a 45-minute-long conversation promoting his new memoir, Born to Run, which was released Tuesday. "I wanted to let people know what were the influences on my music," he said of the book. "I wrote songs to figure out who I was."
He also delved into his family's history of mental illness, which he details in the book. "As a child, it didn't register," he said. "When I was a kid, it was a deep mystery. I think my music is the first thing that centered me. It was medicinal. ... It rooted you."
In attendance was Jimmy Iovine, who cut his teeth as a recording engineer working on the classics Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River before co-founding Interscope Records in 1990.
Springsteen recalled the E Street Band's early days laboriously working in the studio (making Born to Run was "tortuous") and joked that Iovine -- who helped the young songwriter create the music the way he heard it in his head -- "stayed awake most of the time" through grueling recording sessions.
"Jimmy did well," he said.
In case anyone is wondering what the 67-year old rocker listens to, Springsteen made some recommendations. "Green Day make great records," He said. "They are always thoughtful and intense. They play great together. My old friends U2 are playing just fine. They are consistently great."
As for other genres, Springsteen had kind words for Kendrick Lamar, whom he described as "intense." He is also a fan of Kanye West. "I like Kanye West," he said. "He makes great records. They are creative, amazing records."
Throughout the session, Springsteen also revealed some insight into one of the most popular themes in his music: cars. Although he wrote about them extensively, he actually did not get a license until he was in his 20s.
"Brian Wilson didn't surf and I didn't drive," he quipped, telling a story about how when he was younger, he was told that the safest place to be in a lightning storm was a car. "I would have my parents drive around until the storm ended," he said. "I wound up writing about cars for the rest of my life. I'm sure it had something to do with that. [But] I was a terrible driver for a very long time. I was just not good behind the wheel."
Other tidbits included waking up early to make pancakes for his children ("it's these really important little rituals that guide the kids and root them at home"), the "underlying terror" of playing the Super Bowl, growing up in the "bosom of the Catholic Church," late saxophonist Clarence Clemons, his marathon shows and his decision to write the book.
"I wrote it now before I forgot anything," he laughed. "I am at that age where you are forgetting things already."
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Posted by Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday, September 28, 2016