Bruce Springsteen became a multimillionaire rock star because he couldn't sit still long enough to be a dentist or IT salesman and he didn't want to mess with the nasty blue-collar jobs he sings about -- and he was persistent, writes David Remnick in this New Yorker profile. (It's long but my 14-year-old pianist-guitarist-drummer read every word.)
Besides deep-diving Springsteen's Shore roots, early Philly exposure, and the guys like drummer Vini Lopez who he left behind -- and the many he brought along -- Springsteen also shows how to build a successful career outside the old college/professional/tradesman/small-business models -- a lesson for young people in these tough times -- writes Forbes' Deborah L. Jacobs here. [link fixed]
Springsteen's "Career Lessons," according to Jacobs:
- Build strong alliances - Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg and the Clemons have been with him since the 70s
- Stay in shape: The man is 62, yet his stage moves still make women scream happy; avoiding drugs helped
- Resist the weight of the past: Used coping with his bipolar dad as a source of strength
- Do what comes naturally: He couldn't easily copy FM radio songs, so he wrote his own
- Be a lifelong learner: He reads great books and has lately gotten into the Russians. Keeps his mind working
- Don't forget where you came from. Duh.
- Find a refuge. On a rebound he married one of his singers; 20 years later they've raised a family on a big Jersey spread, between frenetic tours.