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Bruce Springsteen receives this year's Woody Guthrie Prize

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He's been around for a long time. Give him some award just for that I guess.

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Never mind the politics, listen to the songs. By any measure Springsteen is a worthy recipient of an award that honours the memory of the great Woody Guthrie.

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Please don’t encourage his terrible music.

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When Bruce receives his award, I'd love it if he gave us a rendition of Woody's "Old Man Trump":

I suppose

Old Man Trump knows

Just how much

Racial Hate

He stirred up

In the bloodpot of human hearts

When he drawed

That color line

Here at his Beach Haven family project...

Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen has made a real contribution to American culture without the MAGA grandstanding of the phony "patriots" who abuse their privileged positions just to boast and boost their personal fortune.

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Never been a big fan of his music although I do like the ‘Tunnel of Love’ album. The ‘boss’ image with the whooping stage shows was a bit cringeworthy.

Still, respect to him. He has had a great career

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He's still making great music - There Goes My Miracle.

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JimizoToday  10:01 am JST

Never been a big fan of his music although I do like the ‘Tunnel of Love’ album. The ‘boss’ image with the whooping stage shows was a bit cringeworthy.

Still, respect to him. He has had a great career

Seen him live four times, each show was better than the previous. He truly does deserve this reward and as for his 'whooping' stage shows, he's a showman. And as for he 'Woody Guthrie' award, he's more electric. He's ROCK, not folk but nonetheless he truly earned this honor.

And his shows range around 4 hours. He's the toughest artist to get tix for (even harder than U2 and the Rolling Stones!) but you will get your money's worth, GUARANTEED.

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Jimizo:

Never heard the “Nebraska” album? Stripped-down instrumentation (I think Bruce plays everything himself), haunting songs, simple production, no “whooping”. If you haven’t heard it, it might be more your cuppa char.

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I totally forgot it was the Boss who wrote Blinded By The Light, but I have to say, I prefer MMEB's cover version.

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Never heard the “Nebraska” album? Stripped-down instrumentation (I think Bruce plays everything himself), haunting songs, simple production, no “whooping”. If you haven’t heard it, it might be more your cuppa char.

I have listened to it. I just don’t think he has the songwriting skills to write great, stripped down albums. The ‘Born to Run’ album with all the over-the-top instrumentation and vocals works better for me. Some good tracks on ‘Born in the USA’ too - ‘I’m on Fire’ is a nice one.

Still, ‘Brilliant Disguise’ is an excellent song. One I learned to play

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Overrated way too overrated, never knew what people liked in that guy, but each to his own.

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Not really much talent. The image with the rolled up sleeves, jeans, back pocket. And above all, playing the left wing side very well. If he were not left politically, his music would count for nothing.

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I was thinking that my “never mind the politics” comment in my first post was looking a bit redundant, given that the post it was referring to has been removed, but as it turns out it comes in quite useful for the posts at 4.40 and 4.45.

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Like his music or not, Bruce Springsteen is a true American storyteller worthy of this honor. 337 songs attributed to Bruce. ”Fire” was intended for and sent to Elvis but he passed away before it could be produced. The Pointer Sisters, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Johnny Cash, (even Elmer Fudd) and many others owe respect and gratitude to Bruce for their Gold record careers. Springsteen leaves a legacy documenting many aspects of a ‘real’ America.

Come on, @bass4funk 4:40p, even if you don’t listen to it from the artist, you’ve heard him ‘sampled’ countless times.

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snowymountainhellToday  07:05 pm JST

Like his music or not, Bruce Springsteen is a true American storyteller worthy of this honor. 337 songs attributed to Bruce. ”Fire” was intended for and sent to Elvis but he passed away before it could be produced. The Pointer Sisters, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Johnny Cash, (even Elmer Fudd) and many others owe respect and gratitude to Bruce for their Gold record careers. Springsteen leaves a legacy documenting many aspects of a ‘real’ America.

Absolute true. Bruce is a prolific songwriter just like Prince. Both these artists have written between 500 - 1000 songs and while both of them have written (and/or recorded) a few that should've stayed in the vaults IMHO, the good far outweighs the weaker stuff/junk. And both artists have contributed songs and have had them covered to and by other artists.

In many ways Bruce ranks among Prince and the Beatles or the Rolling Stones when it comes to songwriting. Even if you ain't a fan of any of those artists, chances are you've heard songs you like by who-know-who-or-what and the writing credits are listed under 'Springsteen', 'Prince Rogers Nelson' (or one of his aliases) or 'Lennon/McCartney' or 'Jagger/Richards'. Yes Virginia, he's that big and that's why Bruce deserves this honor.

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“Woody wrote some of the greatest songs about America’s struggle to live up its ideals in convincing fashion,"

WG was one of the greats. As was/is one of his other big fans, Dylan. Is Springsteen up to those standards? Well, if you measure your artists by the music - certainly up to Nebraska - "The Boss" has what it takes. The later stuff is fine, just maybe a bit over produced to my liking.

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Not really much talent. The image with the rolled up sleeves, jeans, back pocket. And above all, playing the left wing side very well. If he were not left politically, his music would count for nothing.

Left? He's hardly RATM, is he? Actually, I could easily watch him and Tom Morello jam together.

Anyway. Looking forward to hearing your latest release.

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