Bruce Springsteen Biography
BORN: September 23, 1949, Freehold, NJ
"The Boss" hit the music industry with the release of his first album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973. The Wild, the Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle quickly followed this release. The albums received critical claim with comparisons to Bob Dylan, but did not sell well with the fans. Bruce Springsteen's career had begun.
Springsteen was born in Freehold, New Jersey, on September 23, 1949. He grew up in a "normal middle class family" and first started playing around with the guitar in High School. After graduating from High School he moved to New York to try and break into the Folk Music scene. After getting nowhere on this front he returned to, be it reluctantly, to Asbury Park, N.J. and hooked up with a number of bands. With brief stints with such bands as Rogues and Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, Springsteen found himself a place with the E-Street Band, and with them he remained until 1989. Though, this wouldn't be the last time they would play together.
The 1973 albums marked the beginning of Springsteen's career and since then, "The Boss" has sold tens of millions of albums and won over legions of loyal fans worldwide in his 30 plus years as a "rock and roll legend". His break came after a tour with the band Chicago. Springsteen captivated the audiences in these live shows, and seeing an opportunity, the singer-songwriter came up with what is called his breakthrough effort Born to Run in 1974. The title song "Thunder Road"'s continuous playing on the radio brought the album to the top five. The album received an abundant of praise leading Springsteen to be dubbed the "Savior of Rock & Roll". Magazine's and Newspaper's were swarming to get him to appear in their publications.
After spending some time resolving management issues, the 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town was released. Marking the first of Springsteen's darker albums. Following this the album The River, in 1980 quickly went platinum in the United States and established Springsteen as an international star. Next was the release of his second darker album 1982's Nebraska. This album, an artistic despairing acoustic style recording, was recorded live in his New Jersey home and wasn't followed by a tour.
Switching gears again, "The Boss's" most famous release Born in the U.S.A came out in 1984. This pop style arena rock album sold 20 million copies and was followed by a massive two year long world wide tour. The new working class image of Born in the U.S.A. made Springsteen an international superstar. "The Boss" was born!
1987's Tunnel of Love was released during a time when Springsteen was facing marital problems. He began singing of lost love, emotional turmoil, and other adult concerns. He set off after this for one more tour with the E-Street Band and then in 1989 they parted ways. Three years later he released two albums Human Touch and Lucky Town. The first, Human Touch, was more radio orientated while Lucky Town, the latter, is seen as a step forward for the Springsteen. He did a stint on MTV's Unplugged program and then resumed touring in 1993.
Springsteen released the song "Streets of Philadelphia" for the movie "Philadelphia" which won him a Grammy award and an Oscar for "Best Song". With his career in full-comeback, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which seen him re-unit with the E-Street Band for some new tracks. Next came 1995's The Ghost of Tom Joad which was a return for Springsteen to the folk music style of his early career. This was followed by a release from Columbia records of a box set including 56 previously unreleased tracks and 10 B-sides called Tracks, in 1998.
After 30 years he is still going strong, "The Boss" is currently touring internationally and we can only wait and see what will be next.
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my first man | Reviewer: shipa nickz | 3/26/14
i got my first star poster when i was eleven...it was BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S POSTER..........
IT SEEMS TO ME THAT HE WAS THE ONLY ROCK STAR IN THE WORLD...
STILL HANGING AT THE CEILING IN THAT OLD ROOM...
REMINDS ME OF MY CHILDHOODS DAYS..
NOW IM 19.AND ITS STILL HANGING
surfric please read this! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/8/14
you corrected the reviewer for writing that BTR was a '74 effort. you said it was '75. The album was '75, the song BTR was written and recorded in '74. I have now before me a copy of the album BTR which says that all the songs on the album are written by Bruce Springsteen in '75 except Born To Run which is '74 Bruce Springsteen. Also, the musician credits for the song BTR include David Sancious and Ernest Carter who left the group in July of '74. No other song on the album contains these credits because the rest of the BTR album was recorded in '75. Sancious and Carter were replaced by Roy Bittan and Max Wienberg in July of '74
a few corrections | Reviewer: surfric | 7/14/13
Nice job summarizing what we love about Bruce. A few corrections. WIESS was bought and devoured by his fans, like me, there just weren't enough of them.
Bruce didn't join the E street band. In fact WIESS is credited to Bruce Springsteen. The E street band had not been named as such yet. They practiced at David Sanscious' mother's house on E street I think in Asbury Park, hence the "E street shuffle" and LATER, the E street band (though Sanscious left before that).
"the singer-songwriter came up with what is called his breakthrough effort Born to Run in 1974. The title song "Thunder Road"'s continuous playing on the radio brought the album to the top five. The album received an abundant of praise leading Springsteen to be dubbed the "Savior of Rock & Roll". Magazine's and Newspaper's were swarming to get him to appear in their publications."
This is really bad writing, research, what have you. Born to Run came out in 1975, not 1974. The title song of the album "Born to Run" was not "Thunder Road", but rather "Born to Run". (TR is the BEST song, so maybe that's what you're getting at). You mean abundance of praise, not abundent. The famous quote by Jon Landau had Springsteen as the "future of Rock and Roll" not the savior, and happened well before BTR, after a concert Landau caught in Harvard Square MA I think in '73 or '74. Of course I could Google all this and get the dates right for sure. Makes me wonder why you didn't bother do that.
The magazines (no apostrophe necessary) I suppose you mean are Time and Newsweek, who famously had Bruce on their covers, unbeknownst to each other apparently, during the same week of 1975. So why not just say that? How do magazines swarm anyway?
Enough. You get my points. Namely if you are going to write something and hold it out as useful information, you should check you facts, get someone to proof it and catch your grammatical and other errors. Yah, I'm a pedant, so sue me. I'm with you in the love of (especially early) Bruce.
10-16-1976....10-23-2012 | Reviewer: Jay | 10/26/12
Way too long between shows. Bruce's energy level is un-real.
Jake Clemons was awesome as was Miami Steve and Max and the rest of the band.I can't wait to see them again. I will not wait so long next time...RISE UP !
The Boss Rocks Metlife Stadium | Reviewer: Luke | 10/20/12
3hrs 50 minutes of classic Springsteen live. The man is a machine and kept the fans on their feet all night mixing the old with some new. Have never experienced a crowd come alight like l witnessed when Rosalita burst out of the set list.
This night made an Aussie tourist extremely happy and inspired with the way he related to his fellow New Jersey people.
Still Has Fun | Reviewer: Lon | 9/29/10
Mr. Springsteen demonstrated for me in the many times I saw him (I live in NJ) what it is to have fun playing rock n roll music. I enjoy his concerts having a great time with him rather than observing him. Even when He must not feel like playing, and I swear I saw him turn and puke under the edge of the stage at the beginning of a Giants Stadium show which was itself, of course, very spirited, he transcends the everyday into that rarified essence of rock and roll power we know when he plays.
Happy birthday | Reviewer: karina | 9/23/07
Today raise my glass. As every September 23, to drink to the birthday of my idol!!! Happy birthday springsteen!!!
pieces of my existence | Reviewer: Georgios Theodoridis | 5/3/07
...talks to my soul,heart,flesh...memories,living memories life to the lees...
how can I not love his songs?either older or newer ones?
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