Jon Landau’s “Growing Young with Rock and Roll” is published in The Real Paper. Columbia singles out one line from Landau’s lengthy column to be used in a marketing campaign: “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” The line seems ready-made for ad copy, and, taken out of context and used in a heavy advertising blitz, it becomes both a needed spur to album sales and the bane of Bruce’s existence.
The Columbia Records release of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. From the Lester Bangs review in Rolling Stone: “He’s been influenced a lot by The Band, his arrangements tend to take on a Van Morrison tinge every now and then, and he sort of catarrh-mumbles his ditties in a disgruntled mushmouth sorta like Robbie Robertson on Quaaludes with Dylan barfing down the back of his neck. It’s a tuff combination, but it’s only the beginning. Because what makes Bruce totally unique and cosmically surfeiting is his words. Hot damn, what a passel o’ verbiage!”