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Springsteen Testifies in London

October 8, 1998

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.