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Known world-wide for his hit ‘Born in the USA’, Bruce Springsteen is a rock icon, aptly nicknamed ‘The Boss’.
Bruce Springsteen first fell in love with rock when he watched The King, Elvis Presley, on the Ed Sullivan Show. He started out playing in various bands, forming the E Street Band in 1972 with guitarist Steven van Zandt and sax-player Clarence Clemons. Their album Born to Run (1975) was their first big success. Whether playing as part of a band or as a solo artist, Bruce Springsteen is also well-known for his pacifist and political commitments. The song ‘Born in the USA’ is a criticism of US society and the Vietnam War. In 1985, Bruce took part in the ‘USA for Africa’ humanitarian project, and in his album The Rising he sings about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A campaigner for equality, fraternity and liberty, he also took part in the ‘Vote for Change’ tour three years later, alongside REM, to speak out against the policies of George W Bush and to support Barack Obama. He won the Oscar for Best Original Song as the writer of the well-known ‘Streets of Philadelphia’, the music for the eponymous film. Initially known for fairly aggressive rock, Springsteen has moved towards an increasingly intimate style, as shown in his album Devils and Dust of 2005, and in We Shall Overcome, released a year later. A talented musician, a very sensitive artist and a man in touch with his roots, Bruce Springsteen is truly part of America’s musical heritage.
After Magic (2007) and Working on a Dream (2009), The Promise, released in November 2010 contains 22 previously unreleased songs from recording sessions dating back to the late 1970s.