The intensity of his recordings and concerts with the E. Street Band made him one of the most charismatic artists in the rock world. A first success of public and criticism was the album Born to run (1975), although it was in the eighties when it became an international star and an idol of the popular culture of the United States thanks to his album Born in the USA . (1985). From 1991 he looked for a more acoustic and intimate way in the image of Bob Dylan, for whom the singer feels great admiration, reflected in albums like Human touch (1992), Lucky town (1997) or Devils & Dust (2005).
Biography of Bruce Springsteen
- Born:- 23 September 1949 (age 67), Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
- Spouse:- Patti Scialfa (m. 1991), Julianne Phillips (m. 1985–1989)
- Children:- Jessica Rae Springsteen, Sam Ryan Springsteen, Evan James Springsteen
- Music Groups:- Steel Mill (1969 – 1971), The Sessions Band (Since 1997)
- Tv Shows:- The Defiant Ones, VH1 Storytellers, Glastonbury 2009
It is said that at age nine, after seeing Elvis Presley on television, little Bruce tried to play his first guitar. The Boss , the nickname he rejects, grew up in New Jersey in a working-class environment. This was reflected mainly in his first songs, in which he talks about work, cars, motorcycles and girls. Thanks to such close themes, his simple and emotional lyrics and his colloquial language, Springsteen connected with a wide audience. Despite his image directly associated with rock and roll (leather, jeans and t-shirt), he mixed rock music musically with elements of pop, rhythm and blues and swing. He would not record his first album ( Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ ) until 1973.
The world-wide explosion of the phenomenon Bruce Springsteen took place in 1975. The American singer presented / displayed with its group, the E Street Band, its album Born to run , work that received excellent critics with its first national tour and by which it was considered the major Musical discovery of the seventies. Springsteen became the first rock star to appear on the cover of the prestigious US magazines Newsweek and Time. When producer and critic Jon Landau wrote, “I’ve seen the future of rock and roll: its name is Bruce Springsteen,” even he himself did not know how accurate his words would turn out. Springsteen was not going to be just a new Dylan, as he was then labeled, but a new star with his own style.
Springsteen’s career was temporarily interrupted due to a legal dispute with his manager Mike Apel, who would be replaced by Jon Landau. His subsequent recordings, Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978), The River (1980) and Nebraska (1982), will be more realistic and reflective, reinforcing his image as a writer. The heroes of their songs are now losers loaded with bitterness and frustrations, reflecting the world of their childhood family. The River is a classic double album within his discography and the most representative of a stage in which most of his subjects address, critically, the social problems of his country, which despite its economic potential maintains large population centers Marginalized.
But Springsteen would still be elevated to superstar status with his album Born in the USA (1984), which sold 15 million copies, beating all previous albums. His influence went so far that both candidates for the presidency of the United States, Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, used their songs, identifying with him, despite Springsteen’s attempts to disengage him from the electoral contest. Nevertheless, the singer gave support to social and political projects, as shown by his participation in the recording of We are the World in 1985, or the Amnesty International tour with Sting and Peter Gabriel in 1988.
He later released Live 1975-85 , a compilation on three CD of live performances over ten years. In 1987, Tunnel of Love reached number one on the first day. In 1992, after the separation of the E Street Band, simultaneously recorded Human touch and Lucky town . That same year it obtained an Oscar of Hollywood by the song Streets of Philadelphia , included in the sound track of the film Philadelphia (1992), directed by Jonathan Demme. In general, in the nineties his works maintained the same level of expectation of always and similar sales figures in his country, although the changes of musical preferences of the decade subtracted part of its protagonism. His 1995 album.
In 1999 he rejoined the E Street Band on a long tour that ended in 2000 in New York. Two years later, Springsteen recorded with the group the new and awaited album The Rise , a work in homage to the victims of 9/11 with fourteen unpublished tracks and a new version of My city of ruins . Promoted on a world tour, the album won three Grammy Awards. Already in 2005, Springsteen presented a new album, Devils & Dust , in which it seemed to recover its facet of cantautor in a disc where acoustic airs and folk predominate. In 2006, the work won a Grammy for best solo rock performance. That same year went on sale the disc We shall overcome: the Seeger sessions.