Bruce Springsteen "lifted the striking miners' spirits"
... Durham miners have explained the gratitude they felt to Bruce Springsteen
after he donated to their cause in the mid-'80s. The Boss
gave £16,000 to the Durham Miners' Wives Support group in 1985, and the miners have today paid tribute to Springsteen in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out now). Dave Temple, then a miner and now a press officer at the Durham Miners' Association, explains: "I went into the office and [Support Group chair] Anne Suddick said, 'Bruce Springsteen
's just donated £16,000 to us.' "And I said, 'Who's Bruce Springsteen
?' We had got desensitised - we were getting donations from all over. "But it was a great thing that he did, and it did lift everybody's spirits." You can read the full piece on Bruce Springsteen
's 40-year impact on the UK in the new issue of Uncut, out now. Visit our new, dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Bruce Springsteen
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Watch Elvis Costello cover Bruce Springsteen
... Elvis Costello has teamed up with Mumford & Songs to cover Bruce Springsteen
's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". Scroll down to watch the video. The cover was recorded for agit8, an "urgent call to action against extreme poverty" launched by Bono's One Campaign in advance of the G8 Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland next week. Springsteen's original "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" was the title track to his 11th studio album, which came out in 1995. The Costello/Mumfords version slips in a few bars from "Do Re Mi", a classic American folk song by Woody Guthrie. "We wouldn't know what to say, so it's quite helpful to have music that says things for you," Marcus Mumford said, talking to Rolling Stone. Other artists who've covered classic protest songs for the agit8 initiative include William, Ed Sheeran, Sting, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kid Rock. More information and videos of all the songs can be found at One.org/protestsongs. Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Watch Elvis Costello cover Bruce Springsteen
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Watch Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons cover Bruce Springsteen for a good cause
... With the G8 summit approaching, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons came together at last month's Sasquatch Festival to raise awareness via agit8, a series of protest songs meant to push for One Campaign's anti-poverty initiative. They chose to cover Bruce Springsteen
's "The Ghost of Tom Joad." Not to be outdone by...well, themselves, they sprinkled a bit of Woodie Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" in the middle, creating a truly lovely experience. [via Rolling Stone] More Great Job, Internet! Stream the new Sigur Rós album a week before its release YouTuber Nathan Barnatt tops Capt. Lou Albano's Mario dance with his own fancy footwork Watch Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons cover Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen (September 23, 1949)
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Springsteen broke up his E-Street Band in 1989 and performed as a solo artist for most of the '90s. In 1995, he did a solo tour in small venues to support the rather depressing Ghost of Tom Joad album.
Springsteen's concerts in the 1970's and '80s were a religious display of energy, charisma and stamina, usually carrying on for over 4 hours straight. The E Street Band was reunited in 1999 for a world tour that started in Europe and kicked off in America with 15 dates at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Bruce and the E Street Band still play for 3 hours minimum. (thanks, Jacob - Harrison, NY)
Bruce is the president and sole benefactor of The Foundation, a charity that provides low income people in Monmouth County, New Jersey, with home repairs.
He hates his nickname "The Boss." It was given to him by overwhelmed musicians in Asbury Park, NJ in the early '70s.
He retains strict control of his publishing and doesn't allow his songs to be used in commercials. However, sales of Levi's went up after Born In The USA showed him wearing their jeans on the album cover.
Springsteen never had a job besides making and playing music.
He made a cameo in the 2000 John Cusak movie Hi Fidelity.
Springsteen performed on David Letterman's last show on NBC.
He inducted Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, U2 and Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted by Bono in 1999.
He appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek on October 27, 1975, becoming the first entertainer to do so.
E-Street Drummer Max Weinberg is the drummer for the late night talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. (thanks, Joe - Los Angeles, CA)
One of the villains in the Dick Tracy comic strip wore an E Street Band T-shirt.
In 1984, Springsteen expressed his anger at President Reagan for trying to use his music for political purposes. When living in California in the mid-1990s, Springsteen found himself one of Reagan's neighbors.
The decision to build the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was based partly on a survey showing that people who attended Springsteen concerts also love to gamble.
Despite his massive popularity, Springsteen has never had a #1 single. (thanks, Chase - Pasadena, CA)
Bruce Springsteen's rider for his 2002-2003 tour included a security guard to watch over his guitars exclusively.
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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
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