Mai 23 2024

Bruce Springsteen wird Ehrenmitglied der „Ivors Academy“

Heute – am 23. Mai 2024 – wird Bruce Springsteen zum Ehren-Mitglied der „Ivors Academy“ ernannt.

Die „Ivors Academy“ ist einer der grössten Berufsverbände für Musikautoren in Europa. Die in London ansässige Akademie unterstützt Texter und Komponisten und zählt etwa 2.000 Mitglieder.

Bruce Springsteen to become a Fellow of The Ivors Academy
The iconic US musician will become the first-ever international songwriter that the Academy has inducted into Fellowship in its 80-year history at The Ivors 2024.
One of the most influential and important songwriters of all time, Bruce Springsteen’s music has soundtracked the lives of millions across the globe. Often described as ‘the embodiment of rock & roll’, Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans fifty years, beginning with 1973’s Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and most recently in 2022 with Only the Strong Survive, his twenty-first studio album.

Bruce Springsteen bedankte sich für die Auszeichnung mit folgenden Worten:

„I’m proud to be the first international songwriter to be recognized by The Ivors Academy. In addition to recognizing my songwriting, the award stands as a tribute to the fans and friends who have supported me and my work for the last fifty years. This entire country has made me feel welcome every step of the way, and for this, I will always remain deeply appreciative.“

Ausserdem gab Bruce Springsteen den Song „Thunder Road“ zum besten.

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Mrz 22 2023

21. März 2023: Bruce Springsteen erhält die „National Medal of Arts“

Präsident Joe Biden lud gestern – 21. März 2023 – etliche Kunst- und Kulturschaffende ins Weisse Haus ein, um ihnen die „National Medal of Arts“ zu verleihen.

Ausgezeichnet wurden die Designerin Vera Wang, Schauspielerin Julia Louis-Dreyfus, die Sängerin Gladys Knight, der Sänger Jose Feliciano, die Komikerin Mindy Kaling, die TV Produzentin Joan Shigekawa, Schauspielerin Judith Francisca Baca, der Maler Antonio Martorell, der Geschäftsmann und Philanthrop Fred Eychaner, das in New York City beheimatete „Billy Holiday Theatre“, die „International Association of Blacks in Dance“ sowie Bruce Springsteen.

Die „National Medal of Arts“ ist die bedeutendste Auszeichnung, die durch den Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten an Künstler verliehen wird. Die Preisträger werden jährlich von der Akademie „National Endowment for the Arts“ (NEA) nominiert und durch den Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten geehrt. Die „National Medal of Arts“ wurde erstmals im Jahre 1984 vergeben.

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Mai 16 2021

Springsteen nimmt „Woody Guthrie Award“ entgegen und kündigt neues Album an

“I have always said that Bob Dylan was the father of my country, but Woody Guthrie was the grandfather of my country“ sagte Bruce Springsteen am vergangenen Donnerstag- 13. Mai 2021 – anlässlich der Verleihung des diesjährigen „Woody Guthrie Awards“.

Der Preis wird seit 2014 an Künstler verliehen, die auf den Spuren des amerikanischen Folkmusikers Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967) wandern und Menschen eine Plattform geben, die abseits der Gesellschaft stehen. Bisher wurde der Award an Pete Seeger (2014), Marvis Staples (2015), Kris Kristofferson (2016), Normal Lear (2017), John Mellencamp (2018), Chuck D (2019) und Joan Baez (2020) vergeben.

Die diesjährige Preisverleihung wurde von Nora Guthrie – der im Jahre 1950 geborenen Tochter von Woody Guthrie – virtuell präsentiert. Bruce Springsteen wurde aus seiner „Stone Hill Farm“ in Colts Neck, NJ zugeschaltet und performte mit „Tom Joad“, „Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)“, „Across the Border“ und „The Ghost of Tom Joad“ vier Songs.

Während der Preisverleihung gab Bruce Springsteen ganz beiläufig zu Protokoll, dass sich seine Fans „auf ein neues Album freuen dürfen“.

Bruce Springsteen sagte:

„We have a record coming out soon that’s set largely in the West“

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Mai 7 2021

Bruce Springsteen erhält Woody Guthrie Award

Seit 2014 verleiht das in Tulsa, OK beheimatete „Woody Guthrie Center“ alljährlich den „Woody Guthrie Award“.

Der Preis wird an Künstler verliehen, die auf den Spuren des amerikanischen Folkmusikers Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967) wandern und Menschen eine Plattform geben, die abseits der Gesellschaft stehen.

Bisher wurde der Award an Pete Seeger (2014), Marvis Staples (2015), Kris Kristofferson (2016), Normal Lear (2017), John Mellencamp (2018), Chuck D (2019) und Joan Baez (2020) vergeben.

Über den „Woody Guthrie Award“:

The Woody Guthrie Prize is given annually to an artist who best exemplifies Woody Guthrie’s spirit and work by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance, or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America.

“We hope that the Woody Guthrie Prize will shed an inspirational light on those who have decided to use their talents for the common good rather than for personal gain,” says Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora. “With his dry wit, Woody always preferred to call himself a ‘commonist.’ His quote from John Steinbeck’s character, Tom Joad, says it pretty simply: ‘Wherever children are hungry and cry, wherever people ain’t free, wherever men are fightin’ for their rights, that’s where I’m gonna be.

“There are so many people who are living this credo, and they’re the ones we will be honoring.”

In diesem Jahr wird die Ehre Bruce Springsteen zu teil.
In der Begründung des „Woody Guthrie Centers“ heisst es, dass der „Boss“ in über 20 Studioalben seine Fähigkeiten zum Geschichtenerzählen unter Beweis gestellt und Songs geschrieben hat, die von Menschen handeln, die schwere Zeiten erleben.

Das „Woody Guthrie Center“ über Bruce Springsteen:

Springsteen will be recognized for his work continuing Woody’s legacy with a virtual event.

The Woody Guthrie Center® will present the award in a members-only exclusive event on May 13. To become a member visit the membership page now.

Over 20 studio albums, Springsteen has used his storytelling ability to write songs that connect with people who faced the hard times and celebrated the good times. Often backed by the E Street Band, Springsteen’s music provides a soundtrack of resilience, strength, heart, and joy despite or even in spite of the struggles thrown our way. Drawing from his experiences growing up in New Jersey, Springsteen’s songs have connected on a universal level with fans worldwide. And those who have seen Springsteen perform live have seen his sweat, drive, and dedication to music and to his fans.

“I’m honored to receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize,” Springsteen said. “Woody wrote some of the greatest songs about America’s struggle to live up its ideals in convincing fashion. He is one of my most important influences and inspirations.”

Springsteen’s connection to Woody Guthrie is direct, frequently discussing how Guthrie’s work inspired his own music and performing Guthrie songs regularly, including “This Land is Your Land” with fellow Woody Guthrie Prize recipient Pete Seeger before the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009. Springsteen has sold 120 million records worldwide, has earned 20 GRAMMY Awards, an Oscar and a Tony Award, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Kennedy Center Honors 10 years later and in 2016, was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“As an observer of the human condition and a reporter about the plight of common people, Bruce Springsteen is a true child of Woody Guthrie,” said Woody Guthrie Center Director Deana McCloud. “He continues Woody’s work by writing about our struggles in this land of hope and dreams and provided one of our favorite performances of “This Land is Your Land” with Pete Seeger at the first Obama inauguration. The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to present Bruce with this well-deserved recognition for his lifetime of speaking for the disenfranchised and inspiring generations to find the power of their own voices.”

The Woody Guthrie Prize is given to an artist of any medium who continues in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie: A champion for the voiceless with an understanding of how a platform can be used to shine a light on our world, showing us what needs to be fixed and how to fix it. Springsteen has been at the forefront his whole career, connected to the traditions of Guthrie that he continues to exude today. Past recipients of the award include Joan Baez, Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Norman Lear, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, and Pete Seeger.

“We’ve been hoping that Bruce would join our extended family – which includes the spirit sons and daughters of Woody, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly – as we gather this year to say “thank you for caring and for speaking out.” Welcome, brother!” said Nora Guthrie, president of Woody Guthrie Publications and Woody’s daughter.

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