Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss," is an American singer-songwriter who records and tours with the E Street Band
E Street Band
The E Street Band has been rock musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972.The band has also recorded with a wide range of other artists including Bob Dylan, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Tom Morello, Sting, Ian...

. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock
Heartland rock
Heartland rock is a genre of rock music that developed in the 1970s and reached its commercial peak in the 1980s, when it became one of the best-selling genres in the United States. It was characterized by a straightforward musical style, a concern with the average, blue collar American life, and a...

, poetic lyrics, and Americana
Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects,...

 sentiments centered on his native New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. , its population was 8,791,894. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware...


Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works.

This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for.

Time magazine (27 October 1975)

Music was my way of keeping people from looking through and around me. I wanted the heavies to know I was around.

Time magazine (27 October 1975)

Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you’re trying to say on stage... Success makes life easier. It doesn’t make living easier.

Q magazine (August 1992)

We're here to re-dedicate you to The Power, The Passion, The Mystery, and The Ministry of Rock and Roll.

Guitar magazine (July 1999)

Show a little faith, there's magic in the night.

"Thunder Road"

Oh, come take my handRiding out tonight to case the Promised Land

"Thunder Road"

Roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair.Well the night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere.We've got one last chance to make it real, to trade in these wings on some wheels.Climb in back, heaven's waiting down on the tracks.

"Thunder Road"

And in the lonely cool before dawn, you hear their engines roaring on.But when you get to the porch they're goneOn the wind, so Mary climb in.It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win.

"Thunder Road"

Remember all the movies, Terry that we'd go see?Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to beAnd after all this time we find we're just like all the restStranded in the park and forced to confessTo hiding on the Backstreets.


The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.Everybody's out on the run tonight but there's no place left to hide.Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness.I'll love you with all the madness in my soul.Someday, girl, I don't know when,We're gonna get to that place where we really want to go,And we'll walk in the sun,But till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run.

"Born To Run"