Bruce Springsteen – one of the most famous to date of American musicians. His songs are usually devoted to the difficulties of everyday life, often called "folk rock". Springsteen's albums have sold over 120 million copies (65 million U.S.), and the singer won countless awards – award eighteen Grammy, two Golden Globes, Oscars, and so on. In addition, he has become famous as a member of many charitable organizations.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, a suburb of New Jersey. He decided to become a musician at age seven, when he saw one of the performances of Elvis Presley, at 16 Springsteen was already a leader of the group The Castiles, and in the late 1960s, Bruce began performing in clubs in New Jersey trio Earth. It was while he was famously nicknamed "The Boss" for the fact that it was his responsibility to get paid for performance and give them to other team members. However, Springsteen himself the nickname never liked it. Bruce has signed the first contract in 1972. He called friends to help musicians and together they named E Street Band recorded the album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ (1973). The sound-based folk-rock, and for the perception of complex texts gave critics a reason to compare Springsteen and Bob Dylan. After receiving positive reviews from the experts, the album failed to sell. His second album repeated the fate of The Wild, The Innocent The E Street Shuffle (1973).
The disc Born To Run was Springsteen's last chance to record a successful album. 14 months of hard work culminated in a stunning success, quickly made a name of the E Street Band popular. But then followed suit with former manager Mike Appel Group, and the next album, Springsteen Darkness On The Edge Of Town was released only after five years, and very different from previous works Springsteen. The music became more refined, and the texts have been devoted to the social and political topics. The double album The River (1980), was performed in the same style and is dedicated to the life of the working class. Over The River followed by an acoustic album Nebraska (1982), which Springsteen recorded without the E Street Band. It is believed that U2 is working on his disc The Joshua Tree was inspired by this album.
The next album Born In The USA (1984) became the most successful work, Springsteen, and only in the United States has sold more than 15 million copies. The title song, a sad story about the veterans of the Vietnam War (based on real life, some friends Springsteen), America is still considered one of the most topical songs. Springsteen himself has refused on several million dollars, which the company Chrysler offered him the right to use the song in its commercials. However, even the next album by Bruce Tunnel Of Love (1987) was much more calm and less sharp. Finally, the "social" phase of Springsteen's career ended in 1989 with the collapse of the E Street Band. Three years later, Bruce Springsteen released two albums simultaneously – Human Touch and Lucky Town. Their lyrics were already devoted to the inner experiences of a musician. In 1994, Springsteen won an Oscar for the song Streets Of Philadelphia, which became the soundtrack of Philadelphia (Philadelphia). The following year, Bruce has recorded record The Ghost Of Tom Joad, which inspired his book Journey To Nowhere, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Dale Maharaj.
In 2000, Springsteen revived the E Street Band, to go on a big tour and record album, The Rising (2002). The disc was a reaction to the events of September 11 and has been very successful. This was followed by an acoustic album Devils Dust (2005), which included songs written over a decade ago. The next was the album in the style of folk We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006), followed by a drive Magic (2007). At the same time, Springsteen took an active part in the election of Barack Obama. His sixteenth studio album, Working On A Dream was released in late January 2009, and in 2010 enlarged Springsteen discography wonderful collection The Collection 1973-1984. This album presents some of the best songs of Bruce's time-tested and deservedly received the title of classic rock music. Undoubtedly, this book was a great gift for all fans of the legendary musician.