RIP Clarence Clemons

Sad news – the passing of E Street sax man Clarence Clemons. I can’t begin to describe the iconic importance that the Boss and the Big Man had for me as a teenager, and Clarence’s solo on “Jungleland” — heck, his work on the entire Born to Run album — still blows me away. Check out the link below to Washington Post’s obit. Moving stuff:

I’m gonna sit back right easy and laugh

When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half

(from “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”)

“Bruce created a whole mythology for the Jersey shore on his early records — a created landscape like in literature,” DeCurtis said. “All the guys in the band had nicknames, they all had a role and the one who had the biggest role was Clarence — the Big Man.”

via R.I.P. Clarence Clemons – Click Track – The Washington Post.

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About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on June 20, 2011, in Great Rockers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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