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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than ...
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put \x34Born in the U.S.A.\x34 or \x34The River\x34 down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, lets face it, the man rocks.
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By Pete Chianca
May 14, 2013 5:22 p.m.

We don’t usually get too excited about documentaries unless they feature Al Gore and PowerPoint, but this one sounds like it will definitely be worth tracking down: “20 Feet From Stardom,” opening in June,” tells the story of music’s most undervalued but important commodity: the backup singer.
And it happens to feature Bruce Springsteen, who is interviewed throughout, and opens the film by talking about how hard it is for even the most talented backup singers to transition to a solo or lead singer role.
Check out the trailer:
This of course begs the question: Would Patti qualify as a backup singer? Do backup singers get to hold guitars? I guess we’ll have to see the movie to find out.
Meanwhile, don’t miss these other important Springsteen links:
  • Springsteen to collaborate with Dropkick Murphys on a charity single for Boston bombing victims. Meanwhile, Friends of Bruce the Gaslight Anthem also get into the Boston Strong movement.
  • Remember Danny Federici by texting DANNY to 50555 to give $10 to Melanoma Research Alliance.
  • Springsteen among acts offering free tickets in exchange for social activism.
  • Springsteen tribute act Tramps Like Us surveys a “distinguished panel” of experts to come up with the ultimate Springsteen fantasy setlist — but somehow failed to ask us. Hmph.
  • Attend three concerts in Ireland and meet Bruce — bidding is up to $35,000.
  • Man returns lost Springsteen tapes from Bruce’s trash, winds up with a thank-you call and pic with Bruce. We’re sure this happens all the time.
  • Jon Landau admits to being “the brains behind Bruce.” OK not really, but a good interview anyway, and mentions the possibility of future deluxe box sets.
  • Steven Van Zandt Q&A: “Reuniting the Rascals, Mourning the Big Man & Praising Springsteen’s Balls.” Well, OK then.
  • Red Sox manager John Farrell’s favorite singer is Bruce Springsteen. Because who else would it be? Neil Diamond?
  • Bruce Springsteen beauty tips, or something.
  • Finally, I can only imagine how many takes it took to get this (via poetdownhere):
     

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