For your Bruce archives

If, like me, you are a Bruce Springsteen fan and remember when you first encountered him, you might get a kick out of this interview with one of the guys whose job it was to market him. Dick Wingate came on board the bandwagon when the album Darkness of the Edge of Town was in production. That album was different from what millions of newfound fans were expecting, I think, but it was something.

A few weeks ago, I put that record on while I was doing dishes or something in the kitchen, and it hit me harder than it ever had. The romantic kid from Born to Run had taken some hard knocks, it seemed. But he was still hopeful, still a believer.

If Bruce isn't your thing, Wingate also worked with Elvis Costello about that time, and he's got some stories about that guy, too. The '70s were a great time for popular music, that's for sure.


  1. Never understood all of the hype around Bruce though I do think some of his early stuff like Thunder Road is fantastic. I actually went to his ‘The River’ tour I think is what they called it in about 1980 while in Seattle. I lasted maybe 45 minutes tops and left. Just wasn’t my thing I guess.

  2. That was actually a pretty good interview Jack. Well at least in the sense that he was actually ‘there’ and not just telling second-hand stories about the artists. I love the fact that he helped break Al Stewart in the states, as Al is one of my favorite artist of all time. In the top five for sure.


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