Bruce Springsteen

"I saw rock'n'roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen," wrote critic Jon Landau in 1974. People laughed but he wasn't far wrong. Raised in New Jersey, Springsteen was hooked on rock'n'roll early on and in his teens played in bands like the Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill and Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom. Legendary A&R man John Hammond signed him to Columbia and in 1973 he released his debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. It initially flopped but, backed by the dynamic E Street Band, his thrilling live act won a fervent following and his 1975 album Born To Run turned him into an international superstar. Springsteen's explosive, working class anthems heralded so much publicity he was accused of being a hype, but "The Boss", as he came to be called, overcame the cynicism to become one of the world's best-loved and most influential artists, even appearing at the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.




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