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The blue-collar bard from Long Branch, New Jersey, has enjoyed a storied career since he emerged on the scene, in 1973, with the assured Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, that he now enjoys legendary status, on a par even with Bob Dylan and David Bowie, two acts to have sung his praises. Using the dictum “write about what you know”, Springsteen’s persuasive voice brings the ordinary to life and makes it thrilling. He intersperses his more commercial solid rock albums, recorded with the fabled E Street Band, with darker, gothic folk material that keeps him fresh and honest. Not quite a voice in the wilderness, Springsteen is still a spokesman for the downtrodden and overlooked – dignity and integrity are his watchwords. If it’s invidious to single out specific albums, it’s foolish to overlook landmark recordings such as Born To Run, The River, Born In The USA and The Rising, though his fanbase would also make the case for The Ghost of Tom Joad or the equally acoustic Devils & Dust. Never easy with corporate marketing, Springsteen has still achieved superstardom in his own way. Long nicknamed The Boss (a very early sobriquet that he is said to endure through gritted teeth), Springsteen is also a gentleman of the road, as the ten archival live releases that he’s released since 2012 make clear. Also, his Live 1975-85 box set is the second-best-selling live anthology of all time. Springsteen’s most recent studio disc, High Hopes, became his 11th No.1 US album (tenth in the UK) and saw him join company with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Jay Z for similar achievements. His multiple Grammy Awards (five for the soundtrack album to Philadelphia alone) evidence the esteem he’s held in, but it’s likely that Springsteen is far more concerned with connecting to his audience than dusting his baubles.
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Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

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The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

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Born to Run

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Darkness on the Edge of Town

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The River

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Nebraska

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Born in the U.S.A.

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Tunnel of Love

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