Bruce Springsteen performs in concert with the E Street Band during their The River Tour 2016 at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena, April 20.
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When Bruce Springsteen's first marriage fell apart, the rock legend – a multimillionaire about to turn 40 – received a surprise offer.Springsteen's late father Doug worked a string of unstable blue-collar jobs, struggled with booze and mental illness, and only acknowledged his failings to his son hesitantly and late in life. Springsteen, whose songs are rarely noted for irony, also shows a surprising gift for humor as he recounts his early days as a struggling artist.Springsteen's family was so cash-strapped that he says he never ate at a restaurant until his 20s.Springsteen identifies with his mother's Italian heritage and grew up Roman Catholic, a faith witnessed later in his songs' themes of redemption.In recent years, Springsteen has been increasingly active, campaigning for President Barack Obama and other Democrats and speaking out through his 2001 song "American Skin (41 Shots)," about New York police's fatal shooting of Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo.
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