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Bruce Springsteen feared Bob Dylan comparisons

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Bruce Springsteen feared being compared to Bob Dylan in his early days.

Following the release of his album 'Born to Run' in 1975, the 68-year-old rock legend was widely compared to Dylan.


Springsteen admitted the comparisons encouraged him to rework on his songwriting style as he wanted to stand out as an original voice, reported FemaleFirst.

"I don't think you can really recapture what you did in your youth. It's tricky; if you try, it can feel like a cardboard copy of something you (formerly) did naturally.

"So I don't think I'll make a record quite like that ever again, where there's a blizzard of words coming at you - I was havin' fun throwin' all those words around, and I imagined myself quite the poet at the moment. But later on I was interested in a more colloquial way of speaking through the songs, and a more direct approach.

"Also, at the time there were the comparisons to Dylan, so I moved away from that style - although now I go back and realise, gee, it really wasn't like Dylan much at all. We could have taken that a little further, but I was interested in creating my own identity at the time," he said.

In 2015, Dylan had raved about Springsteen's performance of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", saying he never thought about rendering the number like he did.

"(Springsteen) did that song like the record, something I myself have never tried. I never even thought it was worth it. Maybe never had the manpower in one band to pull it off. I dont know, but I never thought about it. To tell you the truth, I'd forgotten how the song ought to go.

"Bruce pulled all the power and spirituality and beauty out of it like no one has ever done. He was faithful, truly faithful to the version on the record, obviously the only one he has to go by," the Nobel laureate had said.

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 09:28 IST
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