Bruce Springsteen, a wealthy man capitalizing on a current social theme to regain relevance and sell records. Simple man, simple music and simple motives.
Rock musician. Born September 23, 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen was raised in a working-class household in Freehold Borough. The future Boss's father, Doug Springsteen, had trouble holding down a steady job and worked at different times as a bus driver, millworker and prison guard. Adele Springsteen, Bruce's mother, brought in steadier income as a secretary in a local insurance office.
Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, with the help of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same label a decade earlier.It's always who you know. That's crony capitalism.
Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, with the help of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same label a decade earlier.
Just like how Lola continues to be played on the radio when it's actually about transvestite prostitutes picking up johns in a bar. The chorus is catchy, but many people who "like" it haven't ever penetrated deeper than "lo-lo-lo-lo-Lo-La".
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My dad -- a bohn-and-bred New Englander, a working class mick Catholic-turned-atheist -- was a huge fan of Bruce. While he would call Bruce "The Boss", there was a winking facetiousness there, because Bruce was "one of us". Dad was about Bruce's age, and his first albums came out as Dad was trying to gain a foothold in journalism. The poetic losers and the switchblade fights and the barefoot girls sitting on the hood of a Dodge were all part of a life Dad saw unfold before him in mid-century blue-collar Massachusetts, in the parking lots of his high school and in his newsroom and at the pickup baseball games he'd play when I was a kid.
I think Dad thought it was funny that someone like Bruce was looked upon as "the boss", because for him it was less about Bruce being the voice of his generation or the next Dylan or whatever. He was one of them -- he looked like the guys my dad knew, and he was their ambassador to the rest of the world. Bruce made it cool to be a working-class guy from the northeast! Not that dear old Dad ever needed to be "cool", but it was exciting to see someone like him reflected in the mainstream. Like, "finally, one of our own." Bruce
also spoke to both the patriotism of his era, but also to the cynicism. I think that in spite of Dad's atheism, the Catholic imagery really spoke to him as the son of a lace-curtain Irish family.
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