Minimation: Bruce Springsteen on Meeting E Street’s Garry Tallent

On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This is a 1980 interview with Bruce Springsteen, where he recalls meeting the E Street Band’s bassist Garry Tallent for the first time. This video was created for by Jakob Strunk of Strunk Cartoons.

When Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, he thanked a man named Garry Tallent, who played on nearly all of his albums, starting with 1973’s debut Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey. “Garry Tallent: southern man, my lovely friend, great bass player, rock and roll aficionado, whose quiet and dignity grace my band and my life; thank you Garry.”

Things didn’t start out quite so smoothly; as he recalls in this interview, the first time he noticed Garry watching him, “He gave me what I perceived to be dirty looks.” Happily, things worked out.

On April 10, Springsteen will speak at (presumably) greater length about Tallent and the other members of the E Street Band when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fifteen years after their leader.


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