E Street: This actually exists. The Street runs northeast through the New Jersey shore town of Belmar. According to Springsteen lore, the band took its name from the street because original keyboard player David Sancious’ mother lived there and allowed the band to rehearse in her house. - mentalfloss.com
$18: The price of Springsteen’s first guitar, bought by his mother. After realizing her son’s interest in music, she purchased him a guitar when he was just 13 years old. His family’s financial situation was so tight that later when she bought a $60 Kent Guitar for Bruce, she had to get a loan to do so. Springsteen remembers those times in his song, “The Wish.”- celebrityfunfacts.com
Lightweight: Something Bruce is. When the Hollies covered “Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” the band met with Springsteen after a show and asked him to take them to a bar serving English beer. Drummer, Bobby Elliot, claimed Bruce passed out after three pints of Bass bitter.- nme.com
Vietnam War: The reason for Springsteen’s hit “Born in the U.S.A.” This song, a Fourth of July favorite for many, is actually an anti-American ballad about Springsteen’s anger toward the country’s treatment of Vietnam vets. He said, “You think about all the young men and women that died in Vietnam, and how many have died since they’ve been back. You have to think that, at the time, the country took advantage of their selflessness.” The song has been misinterpreted by many, with Springsteen even telling President Reagan to stop using it as a patriotic anthem during his 1984 re-election campaign.- businessinsider.com
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