AOTM: The Boss Shows Why He’s Called “The Boss”

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: Musician Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There are a few musicians who rank in legendary status; one of them being Bruce Springsteen. Not only has he had a very successful career which includes two Academy Awards, multiple Grammys, and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alum, Springsteen has also established himself as a heartland rocker who understands the plight of the blue collar worker. Dubbed The Boss long before he reached the big time, Springsteen has never enjoyed the nickname; however, in the past two years The Boss has definitely shown why he’s The Boss.

In September 2016, Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography Born to Run. Springsteen spent seven years completing the book and it was well worth the wait. The book shot up the New York Times Bestseller List to the number one spot and stayed there well into 2017. An added bonus to the autobiography is a compilation of music. Called Chapter and Verse, it features 18 songs that trace Springsteen’s career from his earliest days in the Castiles to (brucespringsteen.net). Springsteen’s success in music has spilled over into the world of books

If topping the bestseller list wasn’t enough indication of being The Boss, he is now a sold out Broadway star. Bruce Springsteen on Broadway debuted in October of this year and features music, as well as, Springsteen reading excerpts from his autobiography. He told the New York Times, “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music (newyorktimes.com).” A far more intimate setting than his arena concerts, the show has been so successful that it has been extended into June of 2018.

Music. Grammys. Academy Awards. Bestseller lists. Broadway. There doesn’t seem to be anything The Boss hasn’t conquered, and yet, it gets better.

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: Musician Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Springsteen is among the few selected for People’s “25 Most Intriguing People of 2017”. This comes as no surprise considering his bestselling book and sold out Broadway show; however, overall Springsteen is honest down-to-earth working-class hero. He has participated in many charitable functions over the years, which gives this guy who grew up in New Jersey major humanitarian clout. That, by far, showcases his position on this list more than anything else. And, while Bruce Springsteen may just be a man with weaknesses and vulnerabilities like any other man, he has proven he definitely deserves the long-held title of The Boss.

Bruce Springsteen has enjoyed a lot of success over his career; however, the past two years have shown why he deserves the title of The Boss. From a bestselling autobiography to sold-out Broadway shows to being among the most intriguing people of 2017, Springsteen isn’t stopping any time soon. His down-to-earth, honest, and hardworking approach shows why he deserves that title.

~Jenna Jakes, WOGB

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