2012-03-15 Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

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Springsteen delivers the keynote speech at the South By Southwest music festival. Arriving on stage 35 minutes later than the scheduled 12pm, he begins by saying "Good morning. Why are we up so fucking early? How important can this speech be if we're giving it at noon, when every decent musician in town is asleep." He primarily speaks about his musical influences, singing one verse and the chorus of The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and leading the crowd in a partial singalong of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land". He also gives mention to Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger during his hour-long speech before leaving the stage to a standing ovation. Video and audio of the speech were broadcast on the SXSW and NPR websites.

South By Southwest Keynote Address

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