awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Pres. Barack Obama in 2016
Rolling Stone magazine (December 1984):
“I think what’s happening now is people want to forget. There was Vietnam, there was Watergate, there was Iran – we were beaten, we were hustled, and then we were humiliated. And I think people got a need to feel good about the country they live in. But what’s happening, I think, is that that need – which is a good thing – is gettin’ manipulated and exploited. And you see the Reagan reelection ads on TV – you know: “It’s morning in America.” And you say, well, it’s not morning in Pittsburgh. It’s not morning above 125th Street in New York. It’s midnight, and, like, there’s a bad moon risin’. And that’s why when Reagan mentioned my name in New Jersey, I felt it was another manipulation, and I had to disassociate myself from the president’s kind words.”
“In the third grade a nun stuffed me in a garbage can under her desk because she said that’s where I belonged.”
“The first day I can remember looking into a mirror and being able to stand what I saw was the day I had a guitar in my hand.”
Bruce Springsteen Talking (2004) edited by John W. Duffy.
“Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock’n’roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.”
– Jon Landau, The Real Paper (1974).
“The reason I’m running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.”
– Barack Obama
“Whenever I see Bruce Springsteen do anything, he empties the tank. Every time. And the beautiful thing about this man is he empties that tank for his family, he empties that tank for his art, he empties that tank for his audience, and he empties it for his country. And we, on the receiving end of that beautiful gift, are ourselves rejuvenated, if not, redeemed.”
– Jon Stewart
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