Watch: Bruce Springsteen SXSW Keynote

Given that Bruce Springsteen has turned in some of the most memorable, insightful, and hilarious Rock Hall of Fame induction speeches over the years — not to mention spoken-word moments in the middle of “Growin’ Up” — it should come as no surprise he did just that for the keynote in Austin last week. With thousands of bands performing across town, most of whom hoping for a big break, the Boss discussed his own journey from emerging artist to rock star, his early influences, and the enduring spirit of creativity.

Summarizing the tone and breadth of this thing further would do it a disservice, so without further ado, get inspired by the Boss below: