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Springsteen also has long been associated with left-leaning political causes and embracing his blue collar roots.
In 2016 he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
The albums he produced during this period—, released on the same day in 1992—came from a happier place; ironically as his personal life improved, his songs seemed to lack the emotional intensity that had made him so famous in earlier years.
He was criticized by his fans for "going Hollywood" and no longer recording with E Street Band.
"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.
With dozens of awards under his belt, including 20 Grammys, and selling more than 65 million albums in the U. alone, Springsteen is one of the bestselling and popular artists of all-time.
He consistently sells out his tours during which he and his band play are famous for performing for hours.
3 on the Billboard 200 and skyrocketed him to fame.
In 1967, an 18-year-old Springsteen was drafted for military service in the Vietnam War.
But as he later told magazine, the only thought in his head as he traveled to his induction was "I ain't goin'." Springsteen failed his physical, largely due to his deliberately "crazy" behavior and a concussion previously suffered in a motorcycle accident.
I mean, you can imagine that if everything had gone great between us, we would have had disaster.
I would have written just happy songs—and I tried it in the early '90s and it didn't work… They shaped my politics, and they alerted me to what is at stake when you're born in the U. A." Springsteen first fell in love with rock 'n' roll when he saw Elvis Presley perform on .
Young Bruce and his father had a difficult relationship.