10 Things You May Not Know About Bruce Springsteen

Before achieving widespread fame, Springsteen faced financial struggles early in his career. In the late 1960s, he lived in poverty, sleeping on friends' couches and playing in small, local bars. 

Early Struggles

The nickname "The Boss" originated during Springsteen's early years with the E Street Band. It was given to him by his band members because of his natural leadership and decision-making skills. 

Nickname Origin 

In 1994, Springsteen won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Streets of Philadelphia," which he wrote for the film "Philadelphia." The song also earned him several other awards, including four Grammy Awards. 

Academy Award Winner 

While "Born in the U.S.A." is often considered Springsteen's most successful album, his best-selling album in the United States is "Born to Run," released in 1975. It has sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. 

Best-Selling Album 

Bruce Springsteen holds the record for the longest concert in U.S. history. In 2012, he and the E Street Band played for over four hours at Helsinki, Finland. 

Record for Longest U.S. Concert 

Springsteen is known for his philanthropic efforts. He has supported various causes over the years, including hunger relief, veterans' issues, and organizations combating climate change. 


Springsteen has often cited Bob Dylan as a significant influence on his music. The two artists share a deep respect for each other's work, and Springsteen even inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. 

Inspiration from Bob Dylan 

In addition to his musical career, Springsteen is a published author. His autobiography, "Born to Run," was released in 2016 and provides insights into his life, career, and the creative process behind his music. 

Literary Pursuits 

In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Bruce Springsteen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, for his contributions to music and social justice. 

Presidential Medal of Freedom 

Springsteen has been open about his struggles with mental health, particularly his experiences with depression. In various interviews and his autobiography, he discusses how he sought therapy to cope with his inner challenges. 

Personal Struggles 

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