Monday, September 24, 2007

Brucings: more thoughts about Springsteen

Smith, P. (1988). Horses.

One thing that's really cool about Bruce Springsteen is that he cowrote one of the best songs of all time, Because the Night. He wrote it with and for the great Patti Smith who is not to be confused with Scandal lead singer, Patty Smyth. (In my opinion, Patti Smith has one of the greatest rock voices ever. Patty Smyth is just a pop tart and it's unfortunate that the two are often confused.) Years later, Because the Night was covered by Natalie Merchant of the 10,000 Maniacs, who actually did it a lot of justice.

Here's my version:

Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen were friends with the legendary and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe who shot the cover of Smith's album, Horses.

Want to learn more about Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and Robert Mapplethorpe? Check out these books which are available at our library:
Tougher than the rest: 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs by June Skinner Sawyers; Patt Smith: an unauthorized biography by Victor Bockris and Roberta Bayley, and Playing with the edge: the photographic achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe by Arthur C. Danto.