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Bruce Springsteen Interviewed For First-Ever Grammy Awards Documentary That Premieres June 11

The Springsteen Information Center wants to thank to the Hollywood Reporter.com &

Phil Gallo, Billboard

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Exec producer Ken Ehrlich gives details about the behind-the-scenes film that details the 48 hours before this year’s Grammys, including Paul McCartney’s performance revamps and Whitney Houston’s death.

A behind-the-scenes film on this year’s 54th annual Grammy Awards will receive its world premiere June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., with Dave Grohl, LL Cool J and Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow scheduled to attend.

“A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On,” a 26-minute documentary, is the first behind-the-scenes film on the Grammy Awards the Recording Academy has ever created, according to Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards telecast. The film covers the 48 hours between late Friday afternoon when Paul McCartney‘s performances were being rearranged, through the news of Whitney Houston‘s death on Saturday and rehearsals and rewrite sessions on Sunday. The telecast attracted 39.9 million viewers, the second-largest audience ever to watch a Grammy Awards show.

“There was greater interest than normal because of the circumstances, but an awful lot of people want to know about the process,” Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz. “We never said, ‘Let’s look back.’ It was incredible how much stuff we didn’t have because there was little footage other than rehearsals. But we had some B-roll, and we lucked out that film crew was following Paul McCartney.” Grammy host LL Cool J, Foo Fighters’ Grohl, co-producer Terry Lickona, director Louis J. Horvitz, talent producer Chantel Sausedo, Portnow and Ehrlich — all of whom appear in the film — will appear in a Q&A after the screening. Grammy Awards writer David Wild will moderate. The film also includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Joe Walsh. “A Death in the Family” will be posted on Grammy.com, and plans are afoot to have it screened regularly at the Grammy Museum. “Maybe we’ve learned something in this process,” Ehrlich says of the film. “Maybe we ought to think about doing this every year. We didn’t even think about this one until the middle of March.”

Video: Bruce Springsteen Credits Occupy Wall Street For Inspiring Newt Gingrich

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 BROOOOOOCE performing at the Grammy Awards (AP)

 Coming off  an invigorating performance to kickoff the Grammy Awards, Bruce BROOOOOCE Springsteen was in Paris this week to formally introduce his new album, Wrecking Ball, for a select group of reporters. Springsteen gave over much of the press conference to discussing the current state of American politics, and how his “angry patriotism” was reflected in the new music: “Previous to Occupy Wall Street, there was no push back at all saying this was outrageous—a basic theft that struck at the heart of what America was about, a complete disregard for the American sense of history and community.”

Springsteen expects some people may misunderstand the politically charged songs—a mix of folk music, gospel music and the E-Street Band sound—on the new album, just as Ronald Reagan misunderstood “Born In The USA” almost 30 years ago. That’s especially true for the rousing first single “We Take Care Of Our Own,” an ironic song that sums up the broken promises of the country as far as Springsteen sees it. “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream…What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account,” he later told the Guardian. “There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.”

Motorhead – Lemmy Blasts The Boss

Motorhead frontman Lemmy reckons Bruce Springsteen is a ”poncer”, and doesn’t deserve all the awards he has received.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy reckons Bruce Springsteen is a “poncer”. The outspoken bass player and singer doesn’t consider Bruce – known as The Boss – to be a true rock ‘n’ roll frontman and thinks he doesn’t deserve all the accolades – which include 20 Grammy awards – he has received.

Lemmy told website Staythirstymedia.com: “We’re the real rock ‘n’ roll. Then you get poncers like Bruce Springsteen, you know, gets all the awards.

“I don’t hear him as rock ‘n’ roll. He’s been lucky he’s had a couple of good songs, that’s all.

“You know, I don’t think he’s good at all. But that’s the sort of person that they launch on to. ‘Let’s give all nine awards to this guy!’ That’s just f***ing stupid, that’s just obvious nepotism.”

The ‘Stone Dead Forever’ rocker said he’s not even that interested in awards, in particular the Best Metal Performance Grammy his band received in 2005 for their cover of Metallica’s ‘Whiplash’.

He added: “They’d never heard a Motorhead song obviously, you know. We’ve done three consistently really good albums, the last three.

“So that really p***ed me off, you know. I’m standing there with a Grammy, what did I get this for? For a bad cover of ‘Whiplash’? And all the s**t we’ve done over the years, you know, and not a single thing for that. So f**k them.”

Bruce Springsteen, Grammy Award Winner

Category 20

Best Rock Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock & Metal songs. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Track from: Magic
[Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen]

Bruce Springsteen, Best Rock Song Grammy!

Category 20

Best Rock Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock & Metal songs. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

win-onGirls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Track from: Magic
[Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen]

 

 

Springsteen: From Sing Sing to the Super Bowl

Thanks to EditorPublisher.com

By Greg Mitchell

Published: February 01, 2009 12:50 AM ET musicrocknroll_l

NEW YORK The New York Times and its Web site were filled with stories about Bruce Springsteen this weekend, from the sports section to Arts & Leisure. But when I met him back in 1972, I could not have imagined that the scrawny kid in the hooded sweatshirt from New Jersey, whose first “record” (as we used to call them) had not yet come out, would one day play the Super Bowl — let alone be star attraction at the Inaugural of any president, after helping get that first African-American elected.

And to think that I met him in… Sing Sing Prison.

As you must have heard by now, Springsteen is doing the 12-minute gig at halftime of the Super Bowl today. This follows his high-profile concerts for Obama last fall, and his spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the pre-Inaugural concert. This political activity is not exactly a shock by now, especially since he also sang for Kerry in 2004.

But it continues an amazing evolution I have watched closely since 1972, when I first met “Brucie” — at Sing Sing — and helped write and publish the first magazine article about him. But for the first few years I knew him I swear I never heard a “political” sentiment escape his lips. Now he has become a new kind of political “Boss.”

Bruce did me a solid last year, writing a brief preface for my book on Iraq and the media, “So Wrong for So Long,” but his “solid” for Obama — runnin’ on the Barack streets? — meant much more, obviously. My new book, “Why Obama Won,” covers his contributions to the 2008 campaign.

Now, to Sing Sing, in a nutshell: For most of the 1970s, I worked as the #2 editor at the legendary rock/political magazine Crawdaddy. One day in early December 1972, I got a call from a fast-talking chap named Mike Appel, inviting me to a promo gig for his client, someone named Bruce Springsteen (I presumed it was “Springstein”). Actually, I knew the name somewhat because Billboard had reported that a kid had been signed by John Hammond at Columbia who just might be “the new Dylan” — a claim that had doomed many before him.

Anyway, the invite was only modestly intriguing until Mike mentioned that the gig was in… Sing Sing Prison, an hour or so up the river from Manhattan. Well, I’d always wanted to step inside The Big House (as a visitor, anyway), and always had a weakness for those “new Dylans,” so I accepted, as did my friend and top editor, Peter Knobler.

So we showed up on the morning of December 7, 1972, my birthday, under an overpass of the West Side Highway and climbed into the band’s van, where we learned that besides Peter and myself, not a single other member of the New York rock world had accepted the invite.

Off we went. Space prevents a full account of that amazing day at Sing Sing. Two highlights: An inmate jumped on stage and we all feared for our lives as he whipped out a…tiny sax. Bruce also took his life in his hands when, addressing the cons as if they were at a late-afternoon high school assembly, joked, “When this is over you can all go home.”

But we loved Bruce, the guys and his music enough to go see him that night play his first E Street Band show in NYC at a small club. About 12 others were in the audience.

Then we got a test pressing of “Greetings from Asbury Park.” We were so knocked out we produced a 10,000-word piece for our next issue titled, “Who is Bruce Springsteen and Why Are We Saying These Wonderful Things About Him?”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Bruce Springsteen, Keeping Busy

This from the KansasCity.com

He has been in the music business since the early 1970s, but Bruce Springsteen could teach bands and artists half his age a few things about promoting new music. On Tuesday he releases “Working on a Dream,” the follow-up to 2007’s “Magic.”

Like its predecessor, “Dream” features the E Street Band and was produced by Brendan O’Brien. It was recorded in the weeks following the band’s 2007 world tour. “All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone.

The album has already received a tide of publicity and praise. Several of the tracks on “Dream” have been streamed on the Web. On Jan 11 Springsteen won a Golden Globe for the title track to the film “The Wrestler.” That song is a bonus track on “Dream.”

On Sunday, Springsteen performed at the “Inaugural Welcome Event” in Washington, D.C. On Monday evening, the Web site www.npr.org began streaming the entire “Dream” album.

The publicity continues after the album comes out. On Feb. 1 Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during halftime of Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. On Feb. 8 Springsteen will be up for a Grammy award in two categories: best rock song and best solo rock vocal performance, both for the song “Girls in Their Summer Clothes.”