Bruce Springsteen’s music and career are deeply rooted in geography. His first album is called Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, songs like “Atlantic City” and “Youngstown” are among his best and most popular, and his lyrics contain countless references to places, real or imagined.
At the same time, as a live artist for more than 40 years, he has left his mark on numerous venues all around the world and forever connected his name to them.
This map is an attempt to present a geographical history of Bruce Springsteen. After all, it is impossible to fully appreciate Springsteen’s artistic vision and his impact as a live performer without some understanding of all those locations.
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Asbury Park is the most famous town in the Springsteen encyclopedia. He started going there in the late Sixties and quickly joined up with like-minded young musicians, forming bands, jamming all night, sleeping on the beach. Throughout his entire career he has often returned to Asbury Park to play at clubs with local musicians or rehearse before his own tours. It is has become the Mecca for Springsteen fans that you need to visit at least once in your life.
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Freehold is the town that Bruce Springsteen grew up in. He went to school there, joined his first band, and roamed the streets of that small provincial town until he was around 19 years old. Lots of his music was inspired by the people and places he knew in Freehold. He even wrote a song called "In Freehold" full of references to his history there
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