Bruce Springsteen Is Indebted To Bob Dylan For Inspiring His Music
As one of the greatest songwriters the music world has ever seen, Bob Dylan has inspired millions of artists through his art of coming up with poetic lyrics. Dylan played a prominent role also in Bruce Springsteen’s early career. In a new appearance on the Howard Stern Show, the singer admitted that he owed Dylan so much in developing his songwriting style.
When Bob Dylan received a Kennedy Center Honor in December 1997, Springsteen paid tribute to him by singing Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a-Changin” on the stage. After the interviewer reminded Bruce of his powerful performance, he revealed that it was the song Dylan wanted him to do. He recalled, “Yeah, that was the song that Bob requested, so that’s why I did it. I wanted to do a great show for him because I owe him so much.”
Later, when Howard Stern asked why he owed so much to Dylan, Springsteen admitted that Bob was the building block of his lyrics. “If you want to talk about lyrics, he was the foundation where a lot of, if you want to call it, the poetic side of my lyrics came from [sings ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’]. I just grew up and lived on that.”
The rocker continued, “I took the idea of the way he was some of the abstraction that he was taking in his lyrics, and I just brought it over into pop music, and rock and roll music, and adopted it as part of my writing style on my earliest records. From my first record, ‘Blinded by the Light,’ was, of course, me totally tripping on Bob Dylan.”
Throughout his long-term career, Bruce Springsteen has always been open in expressing how much Dylan means to him. He has always paid tribute to the songwriter by covering many of his songs, including ‘I Want You,’ ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ ‘Chimes of Freedom,’ and ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.’