Personalities | Bruce Springsteen | Seventies | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1949)

Hailed as the new Dylan after two albums, Springsteen fully realized his potential with the widescreen Born To Run (1975). Managerial problems delayed Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978), a more sombre but no less compelling work. The double album The River appeared in 1980 followed by the stark, pessimistic Nebraska in 1982.

1984’s Born In The USA catapulted Springsteen into the mainstream, selling 14 million copies worldwide, whilst an estimated two million people saw the accompanying world tour. Backed by the E Street Band, Springsteen was without equal as a live performer, with gigs often lasting over four hours, as documented on the 1986 five-record epic Live 1977–85. He opted for a more intimate approach for Tunnel Of Love (1987), which detailed the breakdown of his first marriage and was Springsteen’s last work with the E Street Band until a 1999 reunion tour.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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