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New Biography About Bruce Springsteen Names Elvis as Inspiration

November 09, 2012

Bruce Springsteen credits Elvis for being his musical inspiration in a new biography featured in The New York Times. The article looks at the ups and down of the pop icon and names him a worthy heir to Elvis Presley.

"We witness the rental of a first guitar after Mr. Springsteen saw Elvis on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'”

Springsteen has often credited Elvis as the beginning of a new language in popular culture. In a keynote address at the Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Springsteen said his "genesis moment of inspiration" was in 1956 when he watched Elvis perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Bruce Springsteen's black leather jacket is featured at the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley" Exhibit at Graceland. This groundbreaking exhibit celebrates Elvis’ status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way for many of today’s artists and celebrities – and features items from the collections of many of today’s biggest names in music who have been influenced by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Read the entire article about "Bruce," the biography of Bruce Springsteen, by visiting Want to plan your own rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland? Check out our free online trip planner!