Sonny Bono died 20 years ago today. If you’re a rock and roll fan, you should care. If you love a good American bootstraps story, you should care. And if you’re looking for an inspirational story of persistence, he’s your guy.
Bruce Springsteen’s songwriting vault is something that I’d like to break into like I was in Oceans 11. I’d likely use an elaborate machine to simulate an earthquake in Colt’s Neck, New Jersey, dodge the incoming stampede of prized show horses, and then make off with an armful of notebooks, studio tapes, and Sony MiniDiscs.