Rest in Peace, Clarence Clemons

Editor's Note: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons has died of complications from a stroke, CNN reported tonight. To honor the Big Man's life and legacy, here are some video clips Erica Palan assembled back in January to celebrate Clarence's 69th birthday. He'll certainly be missed around here.

Meeting Bruce Springsteen

During an interview in 2009, Clemons discussed the first time he met Bruce Springsteen.

”Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”

This song explains the creation of the E Street Band. Listen for Clemons’s sax after Bruce sings about The Big Man joining the band.

”You’re a Friend of Mine”

In 1985, Clemons paired up with Jackson Browne to make this song, which appeared on the Big Man's solo album Hero.

The Late Show With David Letterman

This funny interview starts off with a long, upbeat sax performance and then a sit-down with Letterman where Clemons discussed everything from smuggling items from Cuba to John Phillip Sousa.

”Rock & Roll DJ”

In 1982, Clemons appeared on The Alan Thicke Show.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Clemons has dabbled in acting, appearing in roles on television and major motion pictures, including this one in 1989.

”Born to Run” solo

As the band’s most beloved hit becomes more dramatic, Clemons and his sax chime in with an upbeat solo.

”Jungleland” solo

There are lots and lots of E Street songs featuring Clemons and his saxophone, but one of the most intense solos comes during “Jungleland.”

Twilight of the Big Man

In this interview, Clemons talks about what happens when the band plays live together and how being in the E Street Band is more passionate than being married.

A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.


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