Boss on Dylan, etc.

Michael Hann “Bruce Springsteen: 'Donald Trump is undermining the entire democratic tradition' “

倫敦で開催された自伝Born to Runプロモーション・イヴェントでのブルース・スプリングスティーンの語り。記事のタイトルにあるドナルド・トランプ批判は先月報じられたのと基本的には同じだろう*1。ここでは、ノーベル賞*2を承けたボブ・ディランへの言及を切り取っておく;

Springsteen also paid further tribute to Bob Dylan, following the latter winning the Nobel prize in literature. “Like a Rolling Stone was the first time I heard a version of my country that felt naggingly real,” he said. “Long after all of us are forgotten, Bob’s work is going to be ringing out loud and clear.” He contrasted Dylan’s writing favourably with his own work: “Bob’s certainly a poet. I’m a hardworking journeyman.”

Born to Run dealt extensively with Springsteen’s family, covering not just his relationship with his parents and grandparents, but also the changes parenthood had wrought on his own life. He said the final section of the book, “writing about everyone you know now”, was the hardest to write. “I showed my kids the things I wrote about them,” he said. “Patti [Scialfa, his wife] and I discussed that section of the book and she didn’t change anything, [though] she wasn’t necessarily comfortable with everything. There were some things I wasn’t comfortable with myself. But she gave me a lot of room to explore.”

Discussing how his troubled relationship with his father had affected his own parenting, he spoke of how people honour their own parents by trying to steer away from the things they had difficulty with and by passing on the things they did well. “The difficult thing was not having a role model to pass on what it meant to be a good parent,” he said. That meant being a father “did not come naturally: the suspension of deep personal time; the giving over of yourself at any moment of the day. I was used to my work taking over my time. It was my sacred space. To have ‘Hey! I need a ride to Billy’s house,’ was something it took me a while to get used to. But I have a good relationship with my kids. I wouldn’t say I was perfect, but I did OK.”