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Who’s the Boss?

Regarding John Sharkey III’s dissenting view on the mythicization of Bruce Springsteen:

To me, people applied the working-man image to Bruce while he just wrote the music that he wanted to write about. Granted, in recent years he has gotten closer and closer to playing up the image of a sort of working-class hero. But until Ghost of Tom Joad, he did not purposefully do any of that. He just did what he wanted to do, and others fell in line with it. I am obsessed with Bruce so my view is obviously a bit biased, but Bruce to me is not the working-class hero everyone else sees him as. He is just a guy who writes relatable songs. I have lived a privileged life luckily and have not had to suffer through the miserable working conditions many others have, which I feel blessed for. But I still find his music very human and relatable. He isn’t for the working man, he is just for man.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

 

I take offense to the writer’s use of the word “researched” as if Bruce is a marketing firm. He thinks long and hard and makes thoughtful decisions. That’s what artists with integrity do. The writer also seems to have a problem deciding if he dislikes Springsteen himself or these “new” fans. I’ve got no problem with these folks. I’d rather another Hold Steady, Arcade Fire or Gaslight Anthem come along than the next Maroon 5. Don’t like Springsteen, John? Take him off your iTunes and stop your whining.

TOM ACOX, via philadelphiaweekly.com

 

Wow, you make so many great points here and I love your style. [Springsteen] has some classic songs, I’ve heard he’s a nice guy if you meet him on the street, but yes, not the Boss. I so wish I could send this to my dear departed Dad, who would always scratch his head and totally not understand the Springsteen fever. He said his music was not music at all, and lots of his songs just aren’t. (Yet I can totally rock out to Born to Run!) And I was never interested in sitting/standing through an entire Springsteen concert.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

 

What a crybaby. Springsteen is easily one of the best singer/songwriters since the 1970s. I really don’t care if he hasn’t experienced the blue-collar role, because he understands it and is capable of conveying strong messages in his work.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

 

So if you grow up in a household where your family struggles through blue-collar jobs and you watch how it tears at the fabric of relationships and life, you didn’t actually experience it? You can’t use the experiences gleaned through growing up in that environment to express a world view in your music? You can live 20 years in that environment, but if you happen to choose a path where people appreciate and relate to your art, you are phony because you didn’t work in the dock? Please. You need to rethink this. Like the art or don’t, but don’t ignore the fact that we are all shaped by a complex mix of experiences, well beyond the jobs you’ve had or when (or whether) you have achieved financial success. Dig a bit deeper, will you?

SJ, via philadelphiaweekly.com

 

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