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A former Boston newsman and the current New York Times Arts and Leisure Section editor have at least one thing in common. Back in the early '70s, both had the good fortune to catch one of America's embryonic national music treasures, Bruce Springsteen, in action. Boston-based Jon Landau (now Springsteen's manager) caught the artist at the then popular Harvard Square Theater, and enthused, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." John Rockwell, then a reporter/critic for The Times' music department, covered the singer at New York's legendary east village nightspot, The Bottom Line, and predicted for the singer virtually all things but the US Presidency. Knowledgeable music observers have pinpointed this engagement as the unofficial launching pad for Springsteen’s path to superstardom.

Springsteen was born in September 1949 to a working class family in Freehold, New Jersey. Like many of his contemporaries, he fell in love with rock and roll, as personified by Elvis Presley's appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. At 16, inspired by the vision of rock stars like Presley, he joined his first band, The Castiles, following a brief residency at Ocean Community College, where he had several poems published in the school's literary magazine. In the then colorful seaside town of Asbury Park, Springsteen began playing with a number of groups, culminating with his own Bruce Springsteen Band, containing many of the players who would one day become the famed E-Street Band.

In 1973, Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records and almost immediately released his first album Greetings from Asbury Park. Initial sales and airplay of Greetings from Asbury Street

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