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When I was a kid, my dad used to make us listen to Bruce Springsteen records while we pulled weeds in the driveway in the summer. I loved Billy Joel and Jackson Browne and Jim Croce and the Eagles and I hated pulling weeds and Bruce Springsteen. Once, having breakfast at my best friend’s house after a sleepover when we were around ten, her dad—a true-blue New Yorker transplant in suburban Boston—played a song...
It’s become a tradition for me; whenever I leave my hometown to head back to Brooklyn, I listen to “Thunder Road.” I grew up in New Jersey, in an area I like to describe as “the place that Bruce Springsteen sang about leaving.” Every time I drive away, or my train on the New Jersey Transit Central Jersey Coast line pulls out of the station, it feels like another successful escape. Bruce makes it seem...
Bruce Springsteen is from New Jersey, not Nebraska. You know this, I know this, everyone knows this. It's an obvious cornerstone of his celebrity and his mythos, the fact that he long ago became one of America's foremost songwriters due to his ability to write Tri-State chronicles specific to his own life and experience, yet rendered on a level that felt like universal 20th century American legend. https://open.spotify.com/track/7GDIQqD5pdHCda5rpZ98Ie For those of us who grew up in...

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