Getting on the cover of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show to explain Rolling stone was a major goal for any rock artist, and in the middle of an hour-long conversation with the Rolling Stone founder Jan Weiner Feather 92nd Street Y Tuesday night in New York City, Bruce Springsteen There was a bone to choose from regarding the same topic.
“I wasn’t on the cover of Rolling Stone when ‘Born to Run’ came out, you know,” he said. “I’m not picking a bone or anything, but I always thought — when we were talking about it — they were a little worried about putting me on the cover when that record came out. I’m on Time and Newsweek was on its cover page.
Weiner countered that those magazines were “establishment” and that Springsteen’s making the covers of both was the subject of intense controversy. Springsteen laments that the attention attracted an unlikely fan: the Internal Revenue Service.
“I didn’t pay a penny in taxes when I was on the cover of Time and Newsweek, and the IRS found out about it and it took me 10 years. [to pay it]”He chuckled.
Not everyone wanted to be on the cover. Weiner revealed that Joni Mitchell was the only artist to decline the honor.
While Springsteen’s financial woes were covered in previous book talks with Tom Hanks at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival promoting his autobiography, “Born to Run”, on Boss Weiner’s new memoir, “Like a Rolling Stone”. He was present as a moderator while discussing.
Springsteen began the hour-long conversation with Weiner on stage for the chat, which took a deep dive into Weiner’s childhood growing up as a “typical post-war baby boomer”, at boarding school in his own publications. (he named one “the sardines”) and eventually became a student at Berkeley before leaving and founding Rolling Stone in 1967.
Weiner, who underwent open heart surgery, two back operations, and four eye operations, slowly regained his seat, but was unable to remember the details of his life and his mutual Catholic upbringing with Springsteen, during high school. were animated joking about the experiences (Weiner joined the student council); Springsteen didn’t) and rock ‘n’ roll.
“This was the beginning of student protests in the United States,” he recalled of sit-ins, bus rides, and student demonstrations. The epiphany, he said, was after hearing Joan Baez sing at a protest. It was his political awakening that was combined with his exploration of rock music. Not impressed by the Beatles’ rejected review of “Sgt.” Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” for High Fidelity magazine, Weiner named it after one of his favorite artists, Bob Dylan’s songs.
“There was a call out for people to seize the moment,” Weiner said. “Timing is important.”
Springsteen recalled reading the magazine when he grew up in his hometown of Freehold, praising the biweekly magazine as the first time he remembered writing about rock music in a serious way.
“It was the first magazine that wrote about the way I felt about rock music,” Springsteen said. “It was a survival guide.”
“I wanted to send that letter out and spread the word,” Weiner said.
When Springsteen said that his call to service in rock music was through writing songs and picking up an instrument, Weiner joked, “Here’s where you and I partake.”
Springsteen was also curious about Weiner’s job as editor, and asked Tom Wolfe or Hunter S. What it was like to streamline writers like Thompson. Springsteen compared Weiner’s editorial role to that of his producer and manager, John Landau, who essentially took on that role, reducing excessive verbiage after his first two records.
“We put her in place,” said Weiner, “the star writer. You want to lead the talent in the direction it wants to go.”
Sometimes the interview topics were easy marks. Weiner said interviewing Springsteen, U2’s Bono and Who’s Pete Townshend is easy, requiring only one question to inspire conversation, while Dylan and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger are more difficult.
“None of them really want to say much about themselves or reveal much and almost kind of got bored of it,” he said.
Which is the toughest nut to crack? Politician.
“Politicians are tough because they are so programmed… [Everything has] Describing former President Barack Obama as reluctant to “dis” President Donald Trump who arrives the morning after the election, he said, “Pre-testing and voting has been done and what is the correct position.” “It’s hard to take them away from the message.”
While running through a list of artists he wished he had interviewed—Elvis Presley was mentioned—Weiner was also asked what Springsteen deemed an “important question.” To wit: Did Weiner fire an editor because he refused to put Hootie and the Blowfish on the cover? [The incident actually had to do with a bad review.] Weiner defended the band, saying the employee in question had a “wrong attitude”. He didn’t hesitate to mention that he did fire writer Dave Marsh.
Weiner also offered some audience questions presented on index cards, including which issues of Rolling Stone Weiner would gift aliens (answers: Springsteen or anyone with Dylan on the magazine cover) and if Rock. An important message for ‘n’ roll is the next generation. Weiner noted that while artists like Springsteen and Dylan still have something to say, acts like the Rolling Stones are no longer writing new material and it’s an “old” act now that you watch the show.
“Not with the same intensity, but rock ‘n’ roll was married to that particularly historic moment in the ’60s,” he said. “I don’t think we can see it again.”
Springsteen also scoffed at receiving extra stars for album reviews, and referred to himself and Weiner as two “old men trying to face our extinction”.
“Is it even appropriate to rock ‘n’ roll at this age? It absolutely is,” Weiner said. “There’s still life and it’s important. I think with age, the best thing you can look for is a sense of contentment. You lose FOMO. You got what you wanted. You are lucky to have got what. You don’t have to strive for anything else, whatever it may be.”
The chat with Springsteen and Weiner will air on Sirius XM’s E Street Radio at a later date, host Jim Rotolo revealed. Diversity,
(For DiversityOwn Q&A with Weiner, click Here,