S. (stormydown) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Bruce Springsteen's album "Born to Run" turns 40 today

Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream
Bruce Springsteen’s breakout album embodied the lost ‘70s—the tense, political, working-class rejection of an increasingly unequal society.

article highlights:

- Springsteen's first 2 albums (Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. & The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle) were commercial flops
- In Philadelphia, demand for "Born to Run" title track was so strong that WFIL, the city’s top-40 AM station, aired it multiple times each day
- Springsteen grew up in small, conservative Freehold, NJ
- he was a loner in school who nobody would have remembered if he didn't become a musician
- Springsteen's earlier bands, and then the E Street Band, became popular with blue-collar people along the Jersey Shore
- his music offered escape from the tumultuous 70s
- “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,” [Springsteen] later said (as captured in the anthology, Bruce Springsteen Talking). “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.”


what's your favorite Bruce Springsteen song/album, ONTD?
Tags: music / musician, music / musician (rock)
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