In a statement about how the landscape of mainstream music has evolved over time, Bruce Springsteen said that he wouldn’t want to be starting out as a rock musician today and cited the success of the “tremendously talented” Taylor Swift as an example.
Even though some recent events, such as the ongoing pop-punk rebirth, indicate that rock isn’t dead and still has a lot of potential, it’s also clear that the genre isn’t quite as well-liked as it once was. According to Bruce Springsteen, who recently spoke with Howard Stern, the music industry of today is a completely different game even for seasoned mega-stars who have no trouble selling out enormous arenas.
Springsteen has sold over 150 million records over the course of his six-decade career, easily making him one of the best-selling musical artists in the world, but his words indicate that he doesn’t believe he would achieve the same success if he were to begin today.
“I gotta say, I do. You know, we came up in a golden age, right? You know, if you’re a young guy playing a guitar in 1967, 1975, 1985, you came up just as that whole business turned into something that no one ever thought it would,” Bruce stated. “So, it’s a blessing, but I wouldn’t want to be starting now. I don’t know if you can create – it’s just a different world. That’s all, it’s just a different world.”
Bruce revealed that his daughter is a huge Taylor Swift fan who, like many other Swifties, has been devouring the singer’s Midnights album nonstop, and he acknowledged that he had really listened to it as he gave a positive evaluation of Swift’s latest work.