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Bruce Springsteen Handwritten Early Draft of "Thunder Road"

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,175.00

Offered is a document of extraordinary historical significance to the world of American music that presents an amazing glimpse into the creative mind of rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen: an extremely early handwritten draft of "Thunder Road," penned by Springsteen in blue ink on the first three pages of a small, spiral notebook. The song's original working title, as noted at the top of the first page, was "Run Till Morning." Despite the fact that nearly all of the lyrics here would later be reworked, the song's classic first line, "The screen door slams," appears here for the very first time ever, on page two. Other stanzas read: "sometimes I get tired of livin' in the park, callin' nyc runnin' in the dark...I feel just like dead winter today real cold real gray...Ride the wave...nothing left (at all) (there) to save weary crystal." As the song later developed, Springsteen changed the title to "Wings for Wheels," and then "Glory Road," before settling on "Thunder Road." This notebook represents an extremely significant piece of rock and roll history, for "Thunder Road" was the feature song on Springsteen's "breakthrough" album, Born to Run . The album was released in September 1975 and instantly catapulted Springsteen to stardom. Despite the great success of his later albums, Born to Run continues to hold a special place in music history, and was later described by Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone as "The definitive American rock LP." This notebook was an integral part of the creative process of that album, literally providing the blank slate for the foundation of Thunder Road. In addition to the lyrics, the notebook also includes three different phone numbers, one of which appears on the inside cover. The notebook (3 x 5 inches) appears to be completely intact, with all of its original lined pages, and is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,175.00


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