"In the third grade, a nun stuffed me in a garbage can under her desk because she said that's where I belonged," he said."I also had the distinction of being the only altar boy knocked down by a priest during mass." Several years later, he skipped his own high school graduation because he felt too uncomfortable to attend."One was me, and the other was my guitar." Years later, however, Springsteen suggested that his fraught relationship with his father had been important for his art."I've gotta thank him," Springsteen said upon his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, "because what would I conceivably have written about without him?
With seven singles hitting the top of the Billboard Charts—including "Glory Days," "Dancing in the Dark," "Born in the U. A." and "Cover Me"—the album would become one of the best-selling records of all time and spark a successful world tour., Springsteen met and married actress Julianne Phillips in 1985.
Nothing will ever take the place of that guy." Springsteen's mother took out a loan to buy him a Kent guitar for his 16th birthday, and he hasn't stopped playing the instrument since then.
An outsider and recluse in school, Springsteen frequently got in trouble at his Catholic elementary school.
Anyway, I put on his work clothes and I went to work. "[Elvis] was as big as the whole country itself," Springsteen later remembered, "as big as the whole dream.
He just embodied the essence of it and he was in mortal combat with the thing.