Perhaps no work of art has such a powerful connection to the horrific and shocking events of September 11th as Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising album. Powerful, beautiful, painful, heroic, cathartic, vengeful, unifying, inspiring, brave, vulnerable, fearful, loving… it’s all fertile territory and Bruce covers every bit as he responds to the events of September 11th as only the truly great artists can – through his timeless and brilliant work.
In this debut of a new sidecast series entitled The Chronicles of This and That, Eric welcomes Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us podcast, Kimberly Blatz, and Pods & Sods regular Mr Brian Jacobs for this wonderful conversation about this landmark album, it’s meanings, significance and impacts.
Gary US Bonds joins Eric in conversation. We talk about the early days growing up in Norfolk, singing on corners and eventually ending up with LaGrand Records and recording Quarter To Three, New Orleans and some of his early hits. We talk about some of the early touring packages he was part of with such legends as Sam Cooke, BB King, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles and more. How did he first connect with Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s, how did they end up in the studio and memories around some of those songs. Are there unreleased songs he recorded with Bruce from that era? Also, what was it like trying to capture his loooong career into his autobiography By US Bonds, That’s My Story and what’s next, mai tais!
You asked for it, and here it is! Brian Jacobs comes on dahn dahn dahn dahn and joins Pods & Sods for a very controversial look at Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 LP Born In The USA, which is considered a masterpiece in some circles.