The Boss’s SXSW keynote is well worth listening to. It’s really a kind of musical history: he takes you step-by-step through his family tree of influences — Elvis, Roy Orbison, Phil Spector, The Beatles, The Animals, Punk Rock, Soul, Motown, Stax, Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions, James Brown, Dylan, Hank Williams, and finally, Woody Guthrie.
Rather than focus on technology or changes in the music business, he pointed to what doesn’t change: creativity, or “how you’re putting together what you’re doing.”
The purity of human expression and experience is not confined to guitars, to tubes, to turntables, to microchips. There is no right way, no pure way, of doing. There is just doing.
Listen up youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished… It’s the same fucking riff!
And finally, as if he knew how obsessed I’ve been with authenticity lately:
We live in a post-authentic world. Today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you’re bringing when the lights go down. It’s your teachers, your influences, your personal history, and at the end of the day, it’s the power and purpose of your music that still matters.