Andrew Starkie reflects on friendship, growing up, and The River.

Pat introduced me to Bruce Springsteen in the garage at Monash Avenue. We couldn’t have been older than 12 and 13. The River had been out for a while; Pat sang it word for word – slowly, deliberately. I couldn’t relate to the tough times Bruce spoke of, but Pat sang The River like an anthem. He was telling me his story.

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