For the past two months, the Celebration Rock podcast has been on hiatus. But while we haven’t posted a new episode in a while, we’ve nonetheless been busy putting together a special eight-part series that we are very excited to finally announce.
Similar to our series on Pearl Jam last year, we will be digging deep into the discography of an American rock ‘n’ roll institution, Bruce Springsteen. The series is called “20th Century Boss,” and as the title suggests, it covers every studio album released by Springsteen from his 1973 debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. up through 1995’s The Ghost of Tom Joad.
Why Springsteen? There are many reasons — he has a catalog worthy of exploration, loaded with iconic albums that are beloved by multiple generations and continue to find new audiences. (In fact, my guests for this series range in age from early 20s to early 50s.) For the sake of relative brevity, I’ve chosen to focus on the first 20 or so years of Bruce’s career, as this remains the most significant and legendary part of his discography.
I also wanted to talk exclusively to musicians for this series, and there are few artists that are as influential, or name-checked as often, as Springsteen. Luckily, I had little problem finding great guests who were willing and able to speak insightfully about what exactly makes Springsteen great. The result, I believe, will fascinate long-time fans and provide a handy primer for neophytes.
Without further ado, here is the lineup of guests. The series launches Feb. 12, and we’ll be posting two episodes per week over the course of four weeks. Join us as we pull out of here to win!