LONDON (AP) _ Back in 1976, Bruce Springsteen was living hand-to-mouth while he was being hailed on the simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek as the future of rock ‘n’ roll.
The 49-year-old rocker recalled his lean years while on the witness stand in a London courtroom Thursday as he tried to block a British company from putting out a collection of unreleased songs from 1972.
Springsteen said he won control of all his songs from his original manager, Mike Appel, after a court battle in 1977. Before that, times were bleak, he said.
``All I know is that in 1976 a lot of money had come in, and I was on the cover of Time and Newsweek and I was broke,″ Springsteen testified. ``The creative control of my life had been wrested away from me.″
Masquerade Music argues that it was given rights to the songs by a member of Springsteen’s former management team, Jim Cretecos.
The hearing is expected to continue into next week.