Book of the Boss: My Favorite Bruce Springsteen Stories

It’s said that a Storyteller can spot another Storyteller from a great distance away. As a storyteller myself, I don’t have to look much further than my CD collection to tell you that Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite storytellers. Before you get up in arms about Bruce Springsteen not being a writer, I have to point out that he is. In addition to being a brilliant composer, the Boss is quite obviously a writer. If we think about stories in simple terms: there is pre-conflict, conflict, and the new normal — Bruce Springsteen’s ballads have that and a lot more.

More than that, the great stories of human history began as oral traditions before the written language was utilized. Around a campfire, an elder would regale the youth of their people with stories of their history. Is Bruce Springsteen really doing anything different?

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