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Bruce Springsteen: Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

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[1975]
Album: "Born To Run"

“When you look at just the cover of ‘Born to Run,’ you see a charming photo, a good album cover, but when you open it up and see Clarence and me together, the album begins to work its magic”

(Bruce Springsteen)


clarence clemons


Big Man se n'è andato. A 69 anni, le complicazioni di un ictus hanno portato via Clarence Clemons, lo storico sassofonista della E-Street Band.

Consiglio a tutti di leggere l'articolo di Ben Sisario sul New York Times, che ricorda come negli anni '70 non era stato facile mettere insieme una band multirazziale ("Da una parte c'erano le band nere, dall'altra quelle bianche. Se iniziavi a mischiare le due cose trovavi meno posti dove suonare" ha scritto Clemons nelle sue memorie).

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, giustamente passata alla storia per l'arrangiamento dei fiati, racconta l'incontro tra Bad Scooter (Springsteen) e Big Man. Non c'era concerto che non si concludesse con l'abbraccio tra il piccolo irlandese bianco e il gigante nero, la storia del rock che platealmente abbracciava la storia del soul e del jazz. Un gesto simbolico per dire che "Black and White together, we shall overcome some day".


Tear drops on the city
Bad Scooter searching for his groove
Seem like the whole world walking pretty
And you can't find the room to move
Well everybody better move over, that's all
I'm running on the bad side
And I got my back to the wall
Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out

I'm stranded in the jungle
Taking all the heat they was giving
The night is dark but the sidewalk's bright
And lined with the light of the living
From a tenement window a transistor blasts
Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
She hit me with a Tenth Avenue freeze-out
Tenth Avenue freeze-out
And I'm all alone, I'm all alone
And kid you better get the picture
And I'm on my own, I'm on my own
And I can't go home

When the change was made uptown
And the Big Man joined the band
From the coastline to the city
All the little pretties raise their hands
I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half
With a Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out
Tenth Avenue freeze-out...

Contributed by Lorenzo Masetti - 2011/6/19 - 10:09


Grazie di aver inserito questa canzone, la storia dell'entrata di Clarence Clemons nella band. Ora che Big Man se n'è andato il mondo è più triste, ma l'amore sprigionato dalle note del suo sax vivranno in eterno.
Buon viaggio, Big Man.

Luca 'The River' - 2011/6/26 - 16:20


“....Standing together we were badass, on any given night, on our turf, some of the baddest on the planet. We were united, we were strong, we were righteous, we were unmovable, we were funny, we were corny as hell and as serious as death itself. And we were coming to your town to shake you and to wake you up. Together, we told an older, richer story about the possibilities of friendship that transcended those I’d written in my songs and in my music. Clarence carried it in his heart. It was a story where the Scooter and the Big Man not only busted the city in half, but we kicked ass and remade the city, shaping it into the kind of place where our friendship would not be such an anomaly.

...I’ll miss my friend, his sax and the force of nature that was his sound. But his love and his story--the story that he gave to me, that he whispered in my ear, and that he gave to you--is going to carry on.
Clarence was big and he made me feel, think, love, and dream big. How big was the Big Man? Too fucking big to die. You can put it on his gravestone, you can tattoo it over your heart.

Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die."

Bruce Springsteen Liner Notes of Wrecking Ball

bosskiss

2012/4/22 - 00:03


Credo che non occorra essere fan sfegatati del Boss per comprendere che è una delle favole più belle della storia del rock.

Ciao Big Man!

Alberto - 2012/11/7 - 11:19



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