In a never-before-published 2005 interview, Springsteen goes in-depth on the writing and recording of the 1975 classic
I am first generation Philippine American. My brother, Gerard, and I were raised on Jones Street in Jersey City. It’s much gentrified now, but when we were growing up, it was the type of neighborhood where you would think twice about going to the deli after 7pm. There was a lot of graffiti, many panhandlers, heavy loitering on the street corners, stripped cars, and a lot of noise from neighbors yelling at people on the street to turn down their boom boxes.