The Boss Gives a Music History Lesson

Bruce Springsteen gave the Keynote Address at t his year's South-by-Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. I couldn't find a video clip, but click here for the audio. It's about 50-minutes and well worth a listen.
Springsteen talked about music like recalling a first love. He crooned a little doo-wop — “the sound of bras popping across the U.S.A.,” he said — and played a few bars of the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” declaring the first time he heard the band as “a revelation, the first records with full-blown class consciousness.” The chorus of the song, in which working stiffs are simply looking for a better life, can be heard, Springsteen said, in every one of his albums.

“That’s every song I’ve ever written,” he said. “That’s all of them. I’m not kidding, either. That’s ‘Born to Run,’ ‘Born in the U.S.A.’” Springsteen even went further and strummed the opening notes of the Animals’ take on “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and segued into his own “Badlands.”

“It’s the same fuckin' riff,” Springsteen hollered. “Listen up, you youngsters, this is how successful theft is accomplished.”

Here's the recap.

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