One of the best keynotes of SXSW 2012. Springsteen took us through his growth in music and shared the songs that influenced him. Springsteen was very well prepared and embelished his talk with songs. I hope the video stays up for a while.
This is the image attendees were presented with when entering the venue.
Image: BEFORE - No photography or videography of any kind allowed in the keynote #BruceSpringsteen #sxsw
Once again, SXSW did a poor job of publicizing the live video feed, and you can't easily find the recorded archive, if it even exists at all. If there's an official one, let me know in the comments.
Here's the NPR audio archive: Bruce Springsteen On The Meaning Of Music
Bruce Springsteen offered much to take away from his keynote address at Austin's annual South by Southwest music festival. He advised young musicians to believe in their own greatness — and to admit it when they suck. (Springsteen used that word frequently during his apparently wholly self-penned speech.) Chronicling his own artistic development, he talked about how doo-wop taught him about sex, country music helped him understand despair and Woody Guthrie revealed the political roots of the fatalism he'd heard in Hank Williams — then he made the crowd feel Guthrie's complicated passion in their own throats by leading a singalong of "This Land Is Your Land."