From a skinny beach bum to a brawny headband-wearing blue-collar hero, through to an elder statesman of rock, Springsteen has been one of the most revered songwriters of his and succeeding generations for half a century. Throughout the decades, his anthemic tracks of personal and political strife have chronicled life in America, providing listeners with character-driven narratives that can be read as short stories of lives they live, lived, or have seen first-hand. After getting a recording contract with Columbia Records aged twenty-two, Springsteen wrote and recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums, including Born to Run, which brought him a wider audience, before becoming a superstar with the release of 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. In the twenty-first century, Springsteen continues to release landmark albums such as The Rising and Wrecking Ball and, with the stalwart support of the E Street Band, still performs in sold-out stadiums worldwide, with concerts routinely lasting for over three hours. This volume explores Springsteen’s discography in detail, examining his worldwide hits alongside his lesser-known but equally moving tracks.
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.; The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle; Born to Run; Darkness on the Edge of Town; The River; Nebraska; Born in the U.S.A.; Tunnel of Love; Human Touch; Lucky Town; The Ghost of Tom Joad; The Rising; Devils & Dust; We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions; Magic; Working on a Dream; Wrecking Ball; High Hopes; Western Stars; Letter to You