Bruce Springsteen: “I get roughed up crowdsurfing… people try to pull chunks out of me”

Bruce Springsteen's colourful time in the UK is examined in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out on Thursday, May 23).

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Bruce Springsteen’s colourful time in the UK is examined in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out on Thursday, May 23).

Veteran rock writer Richard Williams, who raved about Springsteen in print a year before Jon Landau’s famous piece on The Boss, looks back over the time he has spent with the singer and songwriter, and at the huge impact his many performances in Britain have had.

Fascinating interviews with Springsteen are included, including one from 1981 with Williams, during which The Boss explains how he feels a sense of responsibility to his fans.

“I’ve always felt that if you’re fortunate enough to be up there onstage, it’s your responsibility to try and close the gap with the audience, to give them the sense that there are other possibilities than the ones they may be seeing,” Springsteen explained.

On his enthusiastic crowdsurfing, he said: “I get roughed up sometimes, when people try to pull chunks out of me, but mostly it’s OK. It’s vital to stay close to those people.”

The new issue of Uncut is out on Thursday (May 23).



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