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Also Known As: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen Died:
Born: September 23, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA Profession: songwriter, musician, actor, house painter

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Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the great rock 'n' roll figures in the late 20th century, singer-songwriter-showman Bruce Springsteen created music noted for both its cinematic sweep and its deeply intimate portrayal of average people struggling in the underbelly of the American Dream. Dubbed "The Boss" - a nicknamed acquired early in his career - Springsteen was a complex and often paradoxical figure: a rock icon who defiantly eschewed the trappings of fame; a millionaire who spoke both for and to the working class. But more than the quality and depth of his music, The Boss was known for his hard-rocking, marathon concerts that featured an assemblage of his New Jersey friends in the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Steve Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa, who later became Springsteen's second wife. After years of building a loyal following, Springsteen broke out with his seminal album Born To Run (1975), which stood as his best-selling record until the monstrous hit Born in the U.S.A. (1984) was released almost a decade later. Featuring some of his timeless classics, the album proved to be the apex of his popularity. Though he never again reached such astronomical...

Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the great rock 'n' roll figures in the late 20th century, singer-songwriter-showman Bruce Springsteen created music noted for both its cinematic sweep and its deeply intimate portrayal of average people struggling in the underbelly of the American Dream. Dubbed "The Boss" - a nicknamed acquired early in his career - Springsteen was a complex and often paradoxical figure: a rock icon who defiantly eschewed the trappings of fame; a millionaire who spoke both for and to the working class. But more than the quality and depth of his music, The Boss was known for his hard-rocking, marathon concerts that featured an assemblage of his New Jersey friends in the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Steve Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa, who later became Springsteen's second wife. After years of building a loyal following, Springsteen broke out with his seminal album Born To Run (1975), which stood as his best-selling record until the monstrous hit Born in the U.S.A. (1984) was released almost a decade later. Featuring some of his timeless classics, the album proved to be the apex of his popularity. Though he never again reached such astronomical heights, Springsteen maintained a steady output of deeply personal albums hailed by critics and fans, while embarking on seemingly non-stop world tours, giving rise to the idea that it was Springsteen - not James Brown - who was the hardest working man in show business.

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2.
 High Fidelity (2000) Himself
3.
 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! (1987) Himself
4.
 No Nukes (1980) Himself
5.
7.
8.
 45th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2003) Performer ("London Calling")
10.
 Elvis Lives (2002)
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1958:
Received first guitar as gift from his mother
1964:
Formed first band, "The Rogues"
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Formed second band, The Castiles
1966:
Made first recordings with The Castiles
1967:
After break-up of The Castiles, performed first solo book in Red Hook, NJ
1969:
Family moved to California; Bruce remained in New Jersey
1971:
Formed the Bruce Springsteen Band, the forerunner of the E Street Band
1972:
Auditioned for John Hammond (May)
1972:
Signed ten album deal (June)
1972:
First album released, <i>Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey</i>
1975:
Third album <i>Born to Run</i> becomes a success
1975:
Appeared on the covers of both <i>Time</i> and <i>Newsweek</i> in the same week (October 27)
1976:
Sued former agent Mike Appel for fraud
1980:
First record in three years (due to lawsuits) the double album <i>The River</i>
1980:
First screen appearance, as himself in the concert film "No Nukes"
1984:
Patti Scialfa joined the E Street Band
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E Street Band dissolved
1986:
First live recordings released, <i>Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live: 1975-1985</i>
1986:
First song included in a feature, "Just Around the Corner to the Light of Day"; Springsteen agreed to provide the song for the Paul Schrader film "Light of Day" after using the title of a Schrader script for an album (<i>Born in the USA</i>)
1992:
Released two albums simultaneously, <i>Lucky Town</i> and <i>Human Touch</i> on March 30
1994:
Wrote the award winning song "Streets of Philadelphia" for Jonathan Demme's feature film, "Philadelphia"; was the first film to deal with AIDS
1995:
Reuinted with members of E Street Band for one-time only concert in NYC
1995:
Wrote songs for Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard" and Tim Robbins' "Dead Man Walking"
1995:
Issued accoustic album <i>The Ghost of Tom Joad</i>
1998:
Released box-set compilation of previously unreleased material
1999:
Again reuited with E Street Band members for world tour
2000:
Made cameo appearance as himself in "High Fidelity"
2001:
First nationally distributed TV concert on HBO (April)
2002:
Released album <i>The Rising</i>, which was mostly a reflection on the September 11 attacks
2005:
Released <i>Devils & Dust</i>, a low-key, mostly acoustic album; began solo tour at same time of the albums release; album earned several Grammy nominations
2006:
Released <i>We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions</i>, which was recorded with a large ensemble of musicians; tour began the same month as the albums release, and featured the 18-strong ensemble of musicians dubbed the Seeger Sessions Band
2006:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video for "Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run"
2007:
Released the album, <i>Magic</i>, recorded with the E Street Band; earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album
2008:
Earned two Grammy nominations for the song "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" from the album <i>Magic</i>
2008:
Performed the title song in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for a Film
2009:
Released the album, <i>Working on a Dream</i>; debuted the title song at an Obama campaign rally the previous year; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rock Performance
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Education

Ocean County College: Ocean County , New Jersey -
St Rose of Lima School: Freehold , New Jersey -
Freehold Borough High School: Freehold , New Jersey - 1967

Notes

Springsteen's songs have formed the basis for both of Sean Penn's feature films, "The Indian Runner" and "The Crossing Guard".

In 1997, he was one of two recipients of the Polar Music Prize (worth $133,000) presented by the King of Sweden.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

"I didn't want to get caught up in making a record by the rules, where you have a single and a video. I wanted my freedom. I've enjoyed making more mainstream records, but that's not where I am now. The music means a lot to me. I feel a tremendous sense of purpose, the deepest I've felt in a decade." --Springsteen in USA TODAY, December 1, 1995

"Underneath all the messages, Springsten is sending an odd, barely audible little SOS of his own. In recent years something has been missing from his music, and he wants it back very badly: relevance. Not just social relevance, but relevance to his audience, relevance to himself." --From "Heart of Darkness" by Karen Schoemer in NEWSWEEK, April 1, 1996

"I had very high goals for my band when we started. . . . We didn't go out just to make music., we went out to make ESSENTIAL music. It was fun and entertaining and hopefully enjoyable, but at the core there was something serious and essential that tied into the experience of living in America. I think the criticism of some records I made in the late 80s and 90s centered around that idea." --Springsteen quoted in "Heart of Darkness" by Keren Schoemer, NEWSWEEK, April 1, 1996

"I always saw myself as the kid who got the guitar and was going to play it and pass it on to somebody else. I always saw a lot of myself in my audience." --Springsteen quoted in THE ADVOCATE, April 2, 1996

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

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wife:
Julianne Phillips. Actor, model. Born in 1960; married on May 13, 1985; wed for 28 months before August 1988 separation; divorced in 1989; Catholic.
wife:
Patty Scialfa. Singer. Sang back-up with E Street Band; born on July 29, 1953 (some sources say 1956); married on June 8, 1991; mother of Springsteen's three children.

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father:
Douglas Springsteen. Worked a variety of jobs; died on April 26, 1998 at age 73.
mother:
Adele Springsteen. Legal secretary.
sister:
Virginia Springsteen. Born c. 1950.
sister:
Pamela Springsteen. Actor. Born c. 1962.
son:
Evan James Springsteen. Born on July 25, 1990.
daughter:
Jessica Rae Springsteen. Born on December 31, 1991.
son:
Sam Springsteen. Born c. 1994.
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