HE STARTED IN THRALL to Elvis, Dylan and Woody Guthrie, rock 'n' roll, soul, folk and the other roots forms of American music, but in his four-decades-plus career Bruce Springsteen has carved out a place every bit as vital as his inspirations.
The next issue of MOJO’s How To Buy pages will consider his output and it’s going to be quite a challenge, shaving down 18 studio albums, plus the live sets, box sets, comps and other crucial ephemera.
But what do you really need? The jubilatory, poetic E Street Band blowouts of Born To Run and The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle? The mesmeric restraint of The Ghost Of Tom Joad? The Rising’s rumination on 9/11? Where’s the frequently misunderstood Born In The USA?