Bruce Springsteen making it is a miracle.
Have a read of his autobiography.
He couldn’t play guitar, and when he took lessons, he felt he got worse, so he quit.
Based on how “singing talent” was defined in the late 60s and early 70s, Springsteen had none.
The groups he was in kept looking for a lead singer, and it wasn’t him.
People ignored him or avoided him. His agent deserted him and audiences walked out on him.
The bands he was in left him.
He would write lyrics of driving/cruising around town but he didn’t know how to drive a car.
He would write lyrics of relationships, good times and bad times and he wasn’t even dating.
But he showed up everyday. Whatever talent people told him he lacked he acquired in skill.
A skill about telling stories and making people believe those stories are his.
The first two albums bombed. But he didn’t walk away. He was consistent and he kept on creating and releasing, even though the critics blasted him.
And then he dropped “Born to Run” in 1975.
All of our favorite artists have taken multiple albums to find their audience.
And if by chance a debut album comes out firing like “Appetite For Destruction” did, you need to look into how Guns N Roses were a 7 year over night success, like The Beatles.
Izzy Stradlin hit LA in 1980 and after doing time with unknown bands formed Hollywood Rose in 1983 with his childhood friend Axl Rose, who also moved to LA in 1982.
Duff McKagan played guitar, bass and drums in various bands from 1979 before moving to LA in 1983.
Slash, Steven Adler and Duff ended up in a band called Roadcrew, and due to not being able to find a suitable singer, Slash disbanded the band.
Adler then joined Guns N Roses and got his Roadcrew band mates to join as well when the other members left.
After some member changes and a band merger between LA Guns and Hollywood Rose and further member changes, the Guns N Roses version that blew us away with “Appetite” formed sometime in 1985.
Community is important.
Springsteen built a community around himself with the E Street Band. The people you surround yourself with, can raise the bar and push you on. In the case of “GnR”, the community can party even harder than you are used to and push you on in other ways.
None of it matters if your are not committed to the journey.
Springsteen was committed and at certain points in the last 40 years, he won by converting people to fans one at a time.
4 thoughts on “Springsteen”
Springsteen is a great read. He’s very open in it which was great especially dealing with anxiety and everyday stresses. Dude had a lot of pressure coming at him at times. It was a interesting read when he ditched the E Street band after the Tunnel of Tour. Those are my favourite kinds of things to read as you get it right from the Bosses mouth.
Great stuff Pete…
I have never done a deep dive in to Springsteen. Not sure why. Total respect for what he’s done though. And mad props for his live show as the man doesn’t phone it in.
That’s a book I need to read. His story is pretty crazy and against all odds.
I did not know people scoffed at Springsteen before he made it big! Wow, it just shows how determined this man was when it came to his craft.