Video break: Carlin-Guralnick-Wald:The Music Writers’ Summit at Vanderbilt University

vanderbilt-posterOne of the great experiences of the year for PAC, and here it is captured on video: The full 90-minute discussion on Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, with the great Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick, Dylan biographer Elijah Wald and hotshot history professor Jefferson Cowie.


Thursday night in Nashville: PAC, Peter Guralnick and Elijah Wald talk Springsteen, Elvis and Dylan at Vanderbilt University



If you’re in Nashville, or anywhere nearby, you gotta come down. The official dress code for speakers is: “Casual academic chic.” Can you even imagine?








Bruce Springsteen Bday Edition: Steel Mill Live, 1970


We love Bruce Springsteen here, with nary a condition or a reservation. He’s that kind of an artist and that kind of guy. See also his thoughts on Donald Motherfucking Trump (his birth name) as previewed by Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt in what is sure to be a revelatory interview soon to be published.

He is also nice. Bruce. And Brian, but today is Bruce’s 67th birthday and so take an hour and nineteen minutes to check this out: A nice recording of Bruce and his pre-E Street Band band Steel Mill, back when he was still in guitar hero mode, playing live for a whole lot of happy Monmouth College students. He was 20 years old at the time. ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ’ was two years away. ‘Born to Run’ was three years from there.

Springsteen writing on ‘Bruce’

Bruce w: Bruce

I’m as eager to read Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run as anyone. And it’s nice to see he’s still interested in the one I wrote about him — Bruce is just beneath the left side of his notebook, by his left knee.

Talking Springsteen on NYC’s WNET-13


This cool story about Bruce and “The River” and the new tour aired originally a few months back, but now they’ve freshened it up to coincide with the new run of shows in the Meadowlands. It’s cool! Full disclosure: I screw up my recitation of the key first line of ‘Racing In the Streets,’ but let’s call it a momentary brain fail. A ’69 Chevy. I knew that.