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Bruce Springsteen

About Bruce Springsteen

The most important rock figure to emerge during the 1970s, Bruce Springsteen borrowed from all the best sources in rock, folk, and rhythm & blues and created a style that has become uniquely his own and itself widely imitated. A greatly admired and charismatic performer, Springsteen is renowned for his devotion to his fans, and has built a career pleasing them with 3- and 4-hour marathon shows that leave no doubt he has given his all.

Since Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey, his music has shifted from Dylanesque, wordy prose, to Phil Spector-influenced pop, to hard-driving rock'n'roll, to its current, often deliberately threadbare lyrical style. The epitome of a musical perfectionist, Springsteen is well-known for laboring intensely on each of his albums; the dual result has been infrequent releases and a wide supply of officially unreleased tracks often bootlegged and circulated among fans. Indeed, Bruce Springsteen has many fans who are among the most fanatical in all of rock'n'roll. At the same time, Springsteen's reputation as a live performer was growing by leaps and bounds. Critic Jon Landau, who would later become Bruce Springsteen's producer and business associate, penned a review containing the infamous snippet, «I saw rock'n'roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen». He was right, though, and by 1975, the New Jersey rocker was simultaneously on the cover of both Time and Newsweek, and a top 5 star with his classic album Born To Run. While its Phil Spector-influenced title track climbed into the top 30, Springsteen and his superb backing group the E Street Band toured and began accumulating what would soon become a massive base of fanatical fans convinced the singer was the most electrifying live performer since Elvis Presley...

Growing Young With Rock and Roll

By Jon Landau, The Real Paper, May 22nd 1974

Tonight there is someone I can write of the way I used to write, without reservations of any kind. Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock'n'roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time. When his two-hour set ended I could only think, can anyone really be this good; can anyone say this much to me, can rock'n'roll still speak with this kind of power and glory? And then I felt the sores on my thighs where I had been pounding my hands in time for the entire concert and knew that the answer was yes. Springsteen does it all. He is a rock'n'roll punk, a Latin street poet, a ballet dancer, an actor, a joker, bar band leader, hot-shit rhythm guitar player, extraordinary singer, and a truly great rock'n'roll composer. He leads a band like he has been doing it forever. I racked my brains but simply can't think of a white artist who does so many things so superbly. There is no one I would rather watch on a stage today... Read Jon Landau's legendary article

Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås
Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås
Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås
Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway, 05.05.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås