Number 9: ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

I remember reading Bruce Springsteen’s back story in Rolling Stone and the upcoming launch of ‘Born to Run.’ Was he really the future of rock and roll? Did I want to find out? Yes, most definitely yes.

Intrigued, I decided to take the plunge. I was not disappointed. Good God, the guy was superb.

‘Born to Run’ opened with the brilliant ‘Thunder Road’ and never let up. ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’, ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Jungleland’ rocked and rolled, with Springsteen’s vocals powering the E-Street Band. As usual when I was hooked I bought his two previous albums and it was clear on those the direction he was going.

From then on I became a huge fan, buying subsequent albums and savouring each one. By the mid-1980s I had married and stopped adding to my record collection when the kids started coming along, but I kept playing Springsteen’s songs.

Trawling through the CD racks some years ago I came across Springsteen’s first five albums in a box set for the miserly sum of €20. I didn’t hesitate. I usually give of those discs a spin when I’m driving. I turn the volume up and the windows down and I imagine I’m rolling down the highway with Bruce.

I finally got to see Springsteen a few years back in Dublin. Unfortunately it rained throughout which didn’t help, especially as Trish and I were sitting in the middle of it in the open seeking some comfort in the stands. Still, Bruce pulled out all the stops in a majestic performance. I’m only sorry I hadn’t seen him earlier. And that the sun was shining instead of the rain falling.

Incidentally, if you haven’t read his autobiography ‘Born to Run’ pick it up now. It a terrific read. Failing that just play any of his songs.