Bruce Springsteen’s Personal Journey Through Rock ‘n’ Roll (Slightly NSFW But Simply Great)

We know that Bruce Springsteen can put on an amazing show. We saw him do that last weekend at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. (Watch it here.) Now, you’ll discover that the Boss can give a damn fine speech too. Presenting the keynote address at SXSW yesterday, Springsteen took his audience on a personal journey through rock ‘n’ roll, remembering the bands that gave birth to the musical form and that provided inspiration for a young musician growing up in New Jersey. Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Animals, and James Brown get their due. As does Woody Guthrie. The talk, which features Springsteen playing some guitar along the way, runs 51 minutes. And it has a few NSFW words sprinkled in, though they don’t feel gratuitous, at least not to me. Sit back and enjoy.

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