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Name: Bruce Springsteen                                                         
Birth name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen                                   
Born: 23 September 1949 Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.                           
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American     
songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has frequently recorded and toured with the 
E Street Band. Springsteen is most widely known for his brand of heartland rock 
infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around 
his native New Jersey. His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems   
has earned him numerous awards, including eighteen Grammy Awards and an Academy 
Award, along with a notoriously dedicated and devoted global fan base. His most 
famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., epitomize his penchant for   
finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has sold over 60 million     
albums in the U.S. alone.                                                       
Springsteen's lyrics often concern men and women struggling to make ends meet.   
He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. Springsteen is     
also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New       
Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, on 
which his album The Rising reflects.                                             
Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially           
accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his iconic status 
stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band     
present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst 
which Springsteen intersperses long, whimsical or deeply emotional stories.     
Springsteen has long had the nickname "The Boss," a term which he was initially 
reported to dislike but now seems to have come to terms with, as he sometimes   
jokingly refers to himself as such on stage. The nickname originated when a     
young Springsteen, playing club gigs with a band in the 1960s, took on the task 
of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates.