No fledgling rock star has lived up to the hype that was stated famously in 1974 by then Rolling Stone magazine critic Jon Landau as, 'the future of rock ‘n’ roll'. Springsteen has more than lived up to the title as the greatest living rock ‘n’ roll artist. And since he hit the big time in 1974, his career has combined incredible anthemic songs, deeply profound lyrics and an unmatched history of electrifying stage performances. To really appreciate ‘the Boss’ you have to see him and the remarkable East Street Band perform live. This has all been done with humility and intelligence, and an offstage persona of decent family values. He is the finest role model for a much maligned genre of music.
Followers: The Hold Steady, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Todd Grant, The Gaslight Anthem, Ben Harper
Influenced By: Bob Dylan, Gary US Bonds, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash
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