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Bruce Springsteen: "I Saw Rock’N’Roll Future!”

On May 9, 1974, Bruce Springsteen played the gig that saved his career and made him a star. This is the story of what happened, by the people who were there.

It's unthinkable now, but in early 1974 Bruce Springsteen was on the ropes. Despite favourable reviews, his first two albums had sold badly and his label, CBS, were unconvinced that he had a future with them. With his career in the balance, Springsteen was aware he had to make his mark, but he didn’t know how. He’d already recorded an epic new song, Born To Run, but the label weren’t just ignoring it, they w.ere distancing themselves from it entirely.

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