I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half

from Bruce Springsteen – Tenth Avenue Freeze Out Lyrics on Rap Genius


The friendship between Scooter and The Big Man was a staple of the E Street Band’s image of rock and roll brotherhood. Author Peter Carlin explained the significance of the Born to Run album cover, which features the two, in his superb Bruce bio:

[T]ake a long look at the album itself: the black-and-white shot of Bruce — cloaked in black leather, guitar in hand, Elvis button on his strap — leaning hard on the mighty shoulder of Clemons, whose white shirt is set off by a broad-brimmed black hat and, of course, his radiant black skin. For in this picture, Bruce knew, resided the heart of the band: unity, brotherhood, a small fulfillment of the American ideals of strength, equality, and community. The essence of e pluribus unum, as filtered through the unity of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues

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