Forty years ago today, Bruce gave us THIS, and rock’n’roll has never been the same.
Do you know the Boss? If not, you are missing out on what generations of Americans and Springsteen fans all over the world consider to be one of the greatest gifts ever to Rock’n’Roll.
I was in high school when his iconic album ‘Born to Run’ dropped. I remember it like it was yesterday. My brother’s were big Springsteen fans. My sister’s, too. My friends and most of my peers loved this rocker – who affectionately was known to all as “the Boss.” A nickname which originated when a young Springsteen, playing clubs with a band in the 1960s, took on the task of collecting the band’s nightly pay and distributing it amongst his band mates.
Springsteen comes from New Jersey. Born into a working class family, he has cultivated an image as a working class man, despite his enormous wealth. Even after finding fortune, Bruce still makes a point to do a lot of charity work and raises awareness for those less fortunate than himself. He never lost touch with his humble beginnings and has given back so much to his community. Most often, anonymously
His rock ‘n roll beginnings can be traced as far back as 1966 – what some fans refer to as “brucelegs.” But it was in 1975 when Springsteen had his breakthrough and exploded onto the mainstream rock scene when his album ‘Born To Run’ was released. About a year before that time, Jon Landau, a Rolling Stone music critic, said that he “…saw rock ‘n roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”
Springsteen could arguably be considered America’s most premier and prolific songwriter. His music is often a written reflection of life through working class eyes and poetry set to music describing growing up in the 70’s. As anyone who has been to a Springsteen concert can attest to, Bruce and the E Street Band also put on a hell of a show! Often lasting over 3 hours.
Forty years to the day after its release, Born to Run is still considered Springsteen’s masterpiece. It perfectly captures the voices of American youth and rebellion in the mid 1970s. It catapulted the 24-year-old into stardom — and he continues to pack sold-out stadiums today with the same enthusiasm and unbridled energy he served up when he was just starting out.
The Boss! – A true iconic American musician.