BITUSA Contest Beats U.S. Presidential Race to Finish Line
No doubt you have been wondering just what in the heck happened with our Born in the U.S.A. contest.
Oh, ye of little faith. These past weeks, veritably hundreds of senior citizen volunteers have swept up the chads and tallied the entries, all under The Hitter's watchful supervision.
And we have a winner. Pietro Cafiero submitted the following lineup:
This Hard Land
Born in the USA
Born in the USA/Shut out the Light
Congratulations, Pietro! And, yes, you win something cool. Thanks as well to our other entrants.
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The Right Thing.
We're going to start this long-overdue edition of The Hitter by reprinting a letter from Bob Benjamin, Joe Grushecky's manager, that was posted recently on rec.music.artists.springsteen:
I wanted to thank everyone for their support, for coming out to the Stone Pony and for their kind words in the wake of the Light of Day Concert to Benefit The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF).The way we see it, every so often, you get the chance to rise out of the swamp of your normal, day-to-day life, and act like the person you're supposed to be.
One of the best things about being a Springsteen fan is that the other fans are generally pretty cool. We at The Hitter have had people we didn't even know give us tapes, help get us into shows, and even track down pictures taken of us with Bruce. Some of our very best friends are people whom we met at concerts, at CD shows, and the like.
That's why we get so mad when the RIAA and their ilk contend that the fans who collect unauthorized CDs are thieves. We are well aware that the collecting of unauthorized material places one squarely in the moral swamp; we took not a little abuse for taking precisely such a position in our last issue. But we know the people who collect shows. They are not thieves. They are not leeches. To the contrary, by and large they care deeply about Bruce, his music, and other people. In fact, it is precisely because they care deeply about the music that they track down unreleased material.
This is our chance to prove the RIAA and their ilk wrong. Go to www.pdf.org and make a contribution. In so doing, you will show solidarity with the values that underly Bruce's music -- the values of human dignity, respect and integrity. Send a letter with your contribution; don't send a letter; we don't care. It's not important whether they know why you gave. What's important is that we do what's right.
There are no excuses. If you can
afford Internet access, if you can afford to collect CD-Rs, then you can
afford to give a measly $5 to make life better for people less fortunate
than yourself. Like the man said, get yourself a wheelbarrow
full of cash, and roll it in the door, and tell 'em The Hitter sent