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Springsteen: Scruff As Superstar

Simon Frith, Observer, The, 1985

IF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN didn’t exist rock critics would have had to invent him – which, in a sense, they did. His manager, ex-journalist Jon Landau, the man who first described him as rock and roll’s future, is one of the few critics who put his money where his mouth was, and Springsteen has always been a critics’ cause, the clinching proof that rock could be what they claimed – humane, exciting and committed.

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