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Behind the Boss: the Bruce Springsteen Story

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Behind the Boss: the Bruce Springsteen Story
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The world knows Bruce Springsteen as the all-American rock star celebrity, but what not so many people know is his story and what makes him tick.

The story of how The Boss made it — and what drives him now

Although Bruce Springsteen’s life seems to exemplify the "everybody can make it" story… Springsteen underlines hard work is important, but that luck also plays an important role.

“Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.” — Bruce SpringsteenSource: Facebook/BrightVibes

Springsteen: the early years

Bruce Springsteen was born into a working-class family, the son of a bus driver who was mostly unemployed. His mother was the main breadwinner. Until he was 7, his grandmother raised him, without providing boundaries.

It was a household often beset by poverty and emotional chaos. Bruce had a difficult relationship with his father, who called him “outcast weirdo misfit sissy boy”. Fortunately he has a very loving mother.

Springsteen went to a catholic high school in New Jersey and he was at odds with the nuns. In third grade, a nun stuffed him in a garbage can under her desk because she said that’s where he belonged.

From there he transferred to a public high school but did not fit in either. Bruce was a loner who wanted nothing more than to play his guitar for which his mother took out a loan for her 16-year-old.

He did complete high school but skipped his own graduation ceremony because he felt so uncomfortable. He briefly attended College, but dropped out.

For many years Springsteen played in bars, trailer parks and clubs. With his 3rd album Born to Run in 1975, the great vocalist, musician and songwriter finally found success. Credit: Frank Stefanko
Young Bruce followed his passion for music and started to perform with different bands For many years Springsteen played in bars, trailer parks and clubs. With his 3rd album Born to Run in 1975, the great vocalist, musician and songwriter finally found success. Credit: Frank Stefanko Source: Facebook/BruceSpringsteen

Bruce is known for being highly socially involved

The title song of his most popular album "Born in the USA" denounced the treatment of Vietnam veterans. The song made a huge political impact, as he was advocating for the rights of the common working-class man.

In 1988, Springsteen held a concert in East Germany that attracted 300,000 spectators. Some claim the massive success of the concert helped contribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall the following year.

The rock star recently opened up about his long history of depression, and how being on stage has been a part of his "therapy". Springsteen often promotes social causes during his concerts.

The 68-year-old Bruce is legendary for his energy in concerts which often run for 4 hours without a letup in his enthusiasm. Often he promotes social causes during his concerts. Photo: Jo Lopez
The 68-year-old Bruce is legendary for his energy in concerts which often run for 4 hours without a letup in his enthusiasm. Often he promotes social causes during his concerts. Photo: Jo Lopez Source: Facebook/BruceSpringsteen

Helping those at the bottom has always been important to The Boss

Springsteen’s own Thrill Hill Foundation focuses on human services and anti-poverty efforts. He also supports veterans and worked with Stand Up for Heroes.

Although Springsteen’s life seems to exemplify the "everybody can make it" story… Bruce underlines hard work is important, but that luck also plays an important role:

"I don’t think the American Dream was that everyone was going to make it or that everyone was going to make a billion dollars… but it was that everyone was going to have an opportunity and the chance to live a life with some decency and a chance for some self-respect."

Click to view Bruce Springsteen’s full 2012 SXSW Keynote Address

Medals are presented to individuals who have contributed to
President Obama Awards Springsteen the Medal of Freedom in 2016 Medals are presented to individuals who have contributed to “the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House. Springsteen’s contributions were described as being intrinsic to defining American values. Source: Facebook/BruceSpringsteen
Bruce Springsteen's Top 10 Rules For SuccesS Published on 18 May 2017 Source: YouTube/EvanCarmichael
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