Skip to comments.Fear and self-loathing in Bruce Springsteen
Posted on 01/16/2013 7:43:18 AM PST by Olog-hai
Bruce Springsteens decision to take antidepressants was colored by the fact that his father didnt or wouldnt. But it took a lot of psychotherapy for him to reach that point.
The fact that Springsteen has spoken openly about his chronic depression and other issues, and his use of medication to deal with those problems, has been welcomed by some in the fields of medicine and psychology as a breakthrough, given his popularity as a performer. Its been quite a year for Springsteen as his mental health has been written about widely .
Last July, the New Yorker magazine published a long, in-depth interview with him in which he talked about how deeply affected he had been by his fathers paralyzing depressions and how worried he became that he would be unable to escape the thread of mental ill health that ran through his family. There was also the revelation that Springsteen has been seeing a therapist since 1982.
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The man made good music, but - then again - so are a lot of folks. There’s not much else he can do that is productive.
He should be chronically depressed, since he supports a cause which has never proven successful and which is populated by zombie-like drones largely incapable of doing much more than using their EBT cards.
Poor poor crazy baby.
Springsteen’s support of O’Bumbler causes depression in me.
Basically his efforts since then have generally been a mess of indecipherable mumblings.
Springsteen becomes the poster boy for those screened that should not be able to own a gun.
IMHO, any 'artist' who uses their craft to support a political candidate should have a value affixed to that support and should be subject to FEC contribution limits.
We all have problems, Bruce. You’re no more special than those who’ve bought your records & made you fabulously wealthy.
Springsteen depressess? How could the Creator of such upbeat music be depressed? /s
Can’t stand to listen to him. He doesn’t sing; he croaks.
“Nebraska” had a couple good songs and that was it.
After The River, he jumped the shark.
Alice Cooper says:
I call it treason against rock ‘n’ roll because rock is the antithesis of politics.
Rock should never be in bed with politics. ...
When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I’d run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could.
So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick. ....
If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.
Why are we rock stars?
Because we’re morons.
We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.
So if he takes his meds, will it cure him from being a anti-American, socialist POS?
Mr state trooper
Please don’t stop me...
Reason to Believe
The rest are forgettable.
Never mind those who go to his concerts and add to that wealth.
(Maybe it depresses him that when his fans yell “Bruuuuce” it sounds like “Boooooo”? That’s the impression I got after hearing a recording of one of his concerts.)
I think Tunnel of Love was the last quality record he made and that was a quarter century ago.
“We Take Care of Our Own” is a whining, repetitive 0bama / Democrat Party infomercial. I heard the first chorus and nearly broke the channel change button getting away from it. I’ve literally never heard it through, as I didn’t want that “ear worm” going through my head over and over again.
I’m really confused by this “revelation”.
I started being a fan in the early 70’s and have read *tons* of interviews and just about every bio there was back then.
*Never* was his father described as “abusive”.
He was a bus driver, not the sullen, angry “factory worker” of songs.
His mom was a wonderful, loving mother who coddled him.
The only ‘strife’ between father and son that was ever mentioned was his father’s pleas for Bruce to get a job.
The boy partied all night and slept on his porch roof, at friends’ houses or under the boardwalk.
He’s never had a “normal job”, not even pumping gas and that annoyed his hard working middle class dad as it would any dad but I never, ever heard of “abuse”.
If Bruce didn’t mind admitting he ‘pretended to be a queer’ for his draft board meeting, I’m sure he would have mentioned a brutal father with equal openness.
Bruce is buying into his own cult of victomology and rewriting the ‘song of his life’, IMO.
Too whiny and full of the soap opera of his affair with Patti and the strain in his marriage to Julie because she wanted to be somebody in her own right.
Yes, since about 1982.
Was Bruce's father abusive in some way? Well, I bet Bruce's therapist says so. This may be something that Bruce "learned about" quite recently.
“This may be something that Bruce “learned about” quite recently.”
I just now “learned” I was heir to the Hearst fortune.
Let’s see how much good that does me.
I’d have to go look them up since the last one I actually paid for was The River.
By that time, I’d jumped over to Jethro Tull and Blue Oyster Cult, anyway.
Bruce = hype. Always has been always will be.
Hmm. Partying all night usually involves booze and/or drugs.
Sounds like Bruce is starting to feel depressed about a shrinking bank account, maybe?
Ten million for his kid’s jumping horse is a spit in the bucket for him.
Poverty is not something he’s ever going to worry about.
Oh no . . . for such people, worrying about a shrinking bank account is never about any concern about poverty.
Oh, indeed he is not.
He has wisely invested his money into many different, profitable ventures.
He now has the luxury of building his Christian oriented Solid Rock Foundation for Phoenix kids to get off the streets and into performing arts.
We’s one sharp, tough cookie with a quick wit and honed intellect and and I would never dare enter into a battle of wits with him.
Perhaps he generalized so as not to offend the real morons of rock and roll.
He does ~quietly~ back Republican candidates though and thinks Palin is awesome.
That remark above was during the Kerry bid.
He went berserker on the musicians who supported them and called them “traitors”.
The “long explanation” was his answer to the flak he got for doing so.
Not that he cares.
He’s one of the Untouchables in the business.
Some of the worst hype, too. Remember “I’ve seen the future of rock and roll and its name is Bruce Springsteen”, written by Jon Landau of Rolling Stone Magazine (also, uncoincidentally, Springsteen’s manager)?
Target this guy as a self-admitted potential mass murderer, take away his guns and armed bodyguards, and toss him into a rubber room. New gun laws.
I’m still kicking myself for missing that.
The DirecTV DVR is now set to record *anything* with “Alice Cooper” as a keyword or title.
Which means that sometimes there’s a guy named Cooper and a woman named Alice in some weird old B/W film noir recording.
"Hey, that's Alice Cooper......he has a restaurant....funny, it's a giant hot dog with everything on it called, "the big unit"...LOL...hey, that travel channel guy looks completely comfortable with that thing....hmmmmmm.....Alice seems to notice that, as well......wow, those fries look awesome......mental note...>gotta go there and find out.....
I missed them both!
I never liked Bruce Springsteen’s music or singing. He sounds like he is taking his last breath every time he opens his mouth. He is a “croaker”.
I never paid attention to his politics until Obama. Quite frankly, I could care less what he thinks. Just don’t make me listen to him is my only criteria.
I think a lot of these so called singers and performers know they have no talent or lasting power and they hook themselves to causes to stay relevant. I would definitely put Springsteen into that category.