Friday, March 16, 2012

Watch Bruce Springsteen's entire SXSW keynote

Showing up 15 minutes late for his highly-touted SXSW 2012 keynote address, Bruce Springsteen made up for his tardiness with a thoroughly engaging 50 minute address to an enrapt audience of musicians and music biz professionals.

His exceptionally well-constructed presentation – delivered with a directness that is the hallmark of The Boss – came filled with intriguing insights into his own musical inspirations and songwriting process intercut with often whimsical, sometimes poignant asides and punctuated with a guitar strum.

As far as SXSW keynote's go, Springsteen's bravura solo performance ranks as one of the very best in the festival's 25 year history as you can see below.

But that was just a warm-up for the Boss. He then rounded up the E Street Band Band and followed up his pulpit pitch with a two-and-a-half hour show for 3,000 people at Austin's Moody Theatre. It culminated with a few friends jumping on stage for a Woody Guthrie singalong, namely Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Eric Burdon, Garland Jeffreys, Arcade Fire's Win Butler and brother Will, Tom Morello and members of The Low Anthem. Have a look:

And here's Bruce rocking what appears to be Alejandro Escovedo's Gretsch backing Joe Ely on an impromptu version of The Flatlanders' Midnight Train at the Austin Music Awards on Wednesday night:

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