I spent 4 years in New Jersey in the mid 70's, and witnessed Bruce Springsteen's rise from local hero to international rock boss.¬† He--like Dylan--is a modern day poet laureate, a wordsmith who paints vivid lyrical imagery..especially in his early work. Personally, I haven't been a BIG fan since "Born in the USA."¬† But I remember wandering the boardwalk in Asbury Park in 1976--before they renovated it for gambling--and spying, on the rickety planks, a boarded-up shack with a sign that read "Madam Marie's."¬† I laughed, realizing this was the spark for a line in Springsteen's song "4th of July..Asbury Park (Sandy)."¬† The line.."Did ya hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie..for telling fortunes better than they do."¬†¬†¬†¬† I graduated college, and left New Jersey, the exact WEEK that "Darkness on the Edge of Town" was released--June 2, 1978.¬†¬† And this November..the album¬†will ¬†be RE-RELEASED..in a massive 3 CD, 3 DVD collection. Included will be rare & previously unreleased songs, live recordings, the "making of" documentary, and much more. Get details here http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/?Index=11.¬† Bruce once said.."Darkness was my samurai record..stripped to the frame, and ready to rumble."¬† It also reminds me of my long drive outta Jersey to California.