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The Boss's Big Box Set

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 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  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.

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08/27/2010 10:49AM
The Boss's Big Box Set
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