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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...
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...
Just as it is in the film industry, fall is the book world’s prestige season, and the next six months are crowded with luminous names, promising debuts, and actual Oscar winners. I limited myself to one hundred titles here because it’s an attractive round number and you have to draw the line somewhere, am I right? Celebrity memoirs from Bruce Springsteen, Trevor Noah, Lil Wayne, and Carrie Fisher are coming out, plus a Joan...
Alan Vega, New York City punk icon, spent over a decade convinced that no one liked his band. “Suicide was hated by everybody. Everybody! It’s true. You should have seen the night we opened for The Ramones ," he says. "They were late. Hilly was going nuts. So we had to go on... again! You should have heard the fuckin’ ‘Booooooooooooooooo.’ You couldn’t stop it, it was endless. Finally, the Ramones showed up, but...

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