The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen's 25 Biggest Heroes

The artists, activists and friends that have shaped Springsteen's world

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Walter Cichon
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Walter Cichon

In the notes Springsteen shared about High Hopes prior to the album's release, he cited Cichon as "one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers." Cichon played in a band called the Motifs in the mid-to-late Sixties. According to Springsteen the band was always "a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the heroes you aspired to be. But these were heroes you could touch, speak to, and go to with your musical inquiries. Cool, but always accessible, they were an inspiration to me, and many young working musicians in 1960s central New Jersey. . .[Cichon] was the first person I ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star." Sadly, Cichon went missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. 

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