Bruce Springsteen has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. His music more than any other artist since Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger best describes America. The heartbreaking feeling one gets when you listen to a sad Bruce song or the exuberant feeling you get in a happy Bruce song is palpable in everything he does. Bruce Springsteen is a brilliant musician & lyricist.
So to show you an example of that brilliance on this Bootleg Thursday I offer you one of the earliest performances of Bruce Springsteen, 1975 at The Main Point on Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
The Main Point was formed in 1964 by Jeanette Campbell as a small folk-based coffeehouse venue. The venue was popular among both musicians and listeners. Dan Fogelberg cited the venue as one of his two favorite places to perform.
The venue was popular for not only its music, but also for its homemade food and homebaked goods. The venue constantly ran into financial troubles related to its intimate size (ironically, its size was what made it so popular). Musicians gave benefit concerts for the coffeehouse to help it out of its financial straits. Some of these concerts were broadcast over the local progressive rock radio station WMMR, and many well known bootleg recordings have been made from these performances. The Main Point finally closed its doors in 1981.
The caliber of the performers, coupled with the intimate venue, resulted in many memorable performances. One concert stands out as a particularly legendary event. On February 5, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at The Main Point. Springsteen played for 160 minutes, offering epic versions of “New York City Serenade” and “For You”. The concert also featured the first live performance of “Thunder Road”, under its earlier title, “Wings for Wheels”. The concert was given as a benefit, broadcast over WMMR, and hosted by deejay Ed Sciaky.
Bruce Springsteen February 5, 1975 at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.