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CORASANITI Was it the way that Jack and Butch kind of made it whatever you guys needed?

SPRINGSTEEN They made the place conducive to the musicians that it served. But they were just bar owners, too, they were regular bar owners. They were funny guys, but once again they just built an atmosphere there that people were comfortable in.

CORASANITI Yeah. Do you have any funny memories about Butch or Jack?

SPRINGSTEEN Well, it’s hard to say exactly. You’d have to know the color of the place, but they were just sort of funny guys. There was a lot of local color in the place, but I don’t have a single anecdote.

CORASANITI When you say local color though, what do you mean by that?

SPRINGSTEEN It’s just the people. The people that came were really drawn from that area. And as such were eccentric in their own way. I think if you were living and breathing in Asbury Park at the time, you were a bit of an eccentric. So there were a lot of local musicians, a lot of funny people into their own thing. It was just a place that had its own personality. It was when localism was still very local, you know? [Laughs]

But it was before the internet. So, it was before things had the potential to spread out through social media or anything. This is all pre-social media, so the message got sent the long way. But it was kind of a wonderful moment, looking back on it. Just that it was there.

CORASANITI I know you’ve got a show tonight. Just one more question for you. The shows of playing with Southside that stick out, and Cats, I’m wondering if you can describe what it was like playing there? Looking out at the audience or a memory of a song that you played that had a particular resonance?

SPRINGSTEEN The best way I could put it was just very every day. There was nothing uncommon going on there. I mean people look back and go, oh wow, Southside was playing there, Steve was there, I was there. But the regularness of it all was really what it was about. Three nights a week. Every week. There was nothing surprising going on. It was a very steady, comfortable environment.

I’m sure it was like bar life in a thousand other towns going on simultaneously. There was that one club where your local musicians gathered and would get up onstage and play. I think the only thing that was exceptional about it was that it was unexceptional.

Looking back on it, it was just a very down-home place where that group of musicians who inhabited Asbury Park at that moment could gather and be together and create, and very important in that sense, that there was a place. Because without the Pony, I don’t know, would there have been someplace else? Maybe. The Prince was for a little while, but you never know. So it was very important, in that sense.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/nyregion/bruce-springsteen-interview-stone-pony.html

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