Time Magazine has named Bruce one of the 100 most important people of 2008. He’s one of only three musicians, the others being Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey. It’s a weird kind of tribute. Sean Penn’s written profile is almost unreadable:
“In the chain of our responses to the most influential art, or artists, of our day, there is a link for most of us, an image. One could describe it as a honey-drip, slow-motion picture. We see one hand passing a baton into another, the influences of the influential. And in that rite of passage, Bruce Springsteen is no exception.”
Much more interesting is Little Steven’s profile of Alex Rigopulos & Eran Egozy, the creators of the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band:
“The record business is over! there’s no new rock ‘n’ roll on the radio! Kids couldn’t care less about music! Quick, somebody call Alex and Eran. Yes, I mean Alex Rigopulos, 38, and Eran Egozy, 36, the Batman and Robin of Harmonix, who, with the video games Guitar Hero and now Rock Band, may have saved classic rock for generations to come . . .Just when it looked as if a generation of teenagers might grow up without falling in love with Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Who or the Rolling Stones, Rock Band has pulled them back into the musical gumbo that ate their parents (and perhaps their grandparents). Vive la Rock Band!”
In an article titled the “Best Of Rock”, circa 2008, Rolling Stone noted what we’ve always known, Bruce & The E Street Band are the best live performers in rock.
They also noted that the best punk band is Against Me!, giving them some street cred with oldsters like myself by mentioning that Bruce is a big fan.
Other opinions to which I found myself nodding my head vigorously in assent:
Best Forgotten Seventies Rock Genius: Lowell George (forget, like hell. “I miss Little Feat more than I miss being seven years old”–Bonnie Raitt)
Best Reunion: Led Zeppelin
Best TV Theme Song: “Way Down In The Hole” The Wire (but which of the 5 different versions?)
Best Bar Band Poets: The Hold Steady
Rolling Stone also asks Little Steven to pick the best garage rock of all time–he goes for two vets and two newbies: The Shadows of Knight, The Pretty Things, The Len Price 3 and The Chesterfield Kings (from Rochester–the band he thinks the most of right now.)