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"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.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.Springsteen and the E Street Band followed their debut with , which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard 200 and skyrocketed him to fame.
"When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house," the singer later recalled.
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.
Springsteen's 4-F classification—unfit for military service—freed him from having to go to Vietnam and allowed him to pursue music full-time.
Drawing heavily on Springsteen's New Jersey roots, the album offered soaring guitars, larger-than-life characters, urban romance and a rebellious spirit that captured the essence of the American Dream and connected with audiences of all ages.
Springsteen's next album, , I had a reaction to my good fortune.