My wife’s favorite singer is Bruce Springsteen. She’s from Jersey, what can ya do? She was going to drive up to meet him at the book signing in L.A. She’s glad she didn’t, as many in line didn’t get to meet him. You had to show up and camp out at midnight. I told her that one of the bookstore chains has been selling numbered books autographed (it was written about on this website somewhere). I found it fascinating that they were so expensive. Springsteen is this guy that always bashes the republicans, and he’s for the “working man,” but...what working man can afford the book at these prices? Why doesn’t he just sell them for $25 more than the listed price? He’d sell a million more books. It would stop the eBay people from profiting and ALL his fans, no matter what their economic background, would be able to acquire one.
My wife did bring up something else that I found interesting. Why doesn’t he do more charitable things? She’s been to some of his concerts where there’s a canned food drive, but that’s about all you hear from him regarding charity. Oh wait...he’s more interested in bashing Trump and doing an anti-Trump song. Got it. The republicans don’t do enough for people, but rich singers don’t have to either. They can just gripe about it.
In other Bruce news, but a different Bruce -- Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. I said to the wife, “You know a way he can make a million dollars very quickly?”
She replied, “Selling his wiener on Ebay?”
I love that sense of humor, and the fact that she realizes fans are so nutty (no pun intended) they’ll buy anything that’s a collectable. But, I had this idea regarding Caitlyn Jenner, because years ago when I interviewed artist Peter Max. He contacted me later asking if I’d help him broker an autograph deal. Some company offered him a million bucks to sign limited edition prints. He wanted me to look at all the details and tell him if it were a good deal. Well, it made me think that Caitlyn Jenner could contact a memorabilia company and say, “Look...I’m no longer Bruce Jenner. But I often get asked to autograph 8x10 photos and old Wheaties boxes. I’m never going to sign the name ‘Jenner’ again, but for a million dollars, I’ll spent 4 hours signing as many autographs you want, as Bruce Jenner. It can be on Olympic flags, photos, whatever you have. You guys can photograph me doing it. You guys can sell them for whatever you want. You can bill it as “The last autograph of Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner ever.”
I’m sure a company would jump on that, and the autograph collectors that want a Jenner signature can get one. Now, I’m not saying I’d buy one. I’m not a big enough fan. Sure, I had a Jenner post on my wall as a kid, but I despise the Kardashians so much, and also his hypocrisy, that I’d want nothing to do with that dope. But certainly the fans are out there.
Side note: my favorite “Bruce” signature is from Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall, the best sketch comedy show of all-time.