No musical artist has captured the zeitgeist of America in the late 20th and early 21st centuries quite like Bruce Springsteen. Sure, he’s had a couple of terrible albums (we’re looking at you, Working on a Dream), but by and large, he’s been nothing but successful since debuting in the 1970s. Let’s take a photo tour of American icon Bruce Springsteen’s life, from the early years to the heights he reached later in his career.
We’ll discuss the one way he started a musical trend (No. 13), his sometimes troubled love life (the nation’s highest civilian honor,), and his most valuable body part (No. 21).
1. Where it all started
Photo date: Sept. 23, 1949
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Sept. 23, 1949. His parents, Douglas and Adele, couldn’t wait to show start documenting their first child’s life; they took baby photos the same day he was born. He was born in Long Branch, but he grew up in Freehold, New Jersey.
Next: Tough at home.