Bruce Springsteen Wasn’t Just A Partying Rockstar In the 80s, He Battled Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

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Bruce Springsteen battled depression & suicidal thoughts

Legendary Bruce Springsteen is still touring and making No. 1 albums at age 62. He’s such a boss that at the Hard Rock Calling concert in England he brought out Sir Paul McCartney, only to have the plug pulled mid set due to a bloody noise curfew rule. Shame on the London police for messing with history! In the new issue of the esteemed New Yorker, Springsteen’s life is chronicled in a 15,000 word profile detailing his childhood in New Jersey to his Wrecking Ball tour. One of the biggest revelations sprawled from the profile was his suicidal thoughts and depression. Springsteen’s longtime friend and biographer, Dave Marsh, said Springsteen has been seeing a therapist since 1982. To which we say, kudos to him!

“He was feeling suicidal,” said Dave Marsh. “The depression wasn’t shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you are getting your ass kissed day and night. You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth.” Like with all great profiles, people who really knew the subject from  time periods in their lives are interviewed. According to Rolling Stone’s best revelations from the profile, Steve Van Zandt and Springsteen had a blowout fight about the song lyrics in 1987′s “Ain’t Got You.” In the song Springsteen sings about his wealth to which Van Zandt replies, “This is bulls—. People don’t need you talking about your life. Nobody gives a s— about your life. They need you for their lives.” Such a classic story. Let’s all bow down to Springsteen’s therapist for contributing to the mental well being of one of the greats, which has resulted in sold out shows and amazing music in 2012.

Bruce Springsteen Battled Depression, Suicidal Thoughts in Early 1980s [Rolling Stone]

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