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Fear and self-loathing in Bruce Springsteen
Irish Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Brian Boyd

Posted on 01/16/2013 7:43:18 AM PST by Olog-hai

Bruce Springsteen’s decision to take antidepressants was colored by the fact that his father didn’t or wouldn’t. But it took a lot of psychotherapy for him to reach that point. …

The fact that Springsteen has spoken openly about his chronic depression and other issues, and his use of medication to deal with those problems, has been welcomed by some in the fields of medicine and psychology as a breakthrough, given his popularity as a performer. It’s been quite a year for Springsteen as his mental health has been written about widely .

Last July, the New Yorker magazine published a long, in-depth interview with him in which he talked about how deeply affected he had been by his father’s paralyzing depressions and how worried he became that he would be unable to escape the thread of mental ill health that ran through his family. There was also the revelation that Springsteen has been seeing a therapist since 1982. …

(Excerpt) Read more at irishtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: antidepressants; brucespringsteen; liberalism; mentaldisorders

1 posted on 01/16/2013 7:43:31 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

The man made good music, but - then again - so are a lot of folks. There’s not much else he can do that is productive.

He should be chronically depressed, since he supports a cause which has never proven successful and which is populated by zombie-like drones largely incapable of doing much more than using their EBT cards.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 7:48:19 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Olog-hai

Poor baby...

Poor poor crazy baby.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 7:49:29 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Better safe than sorry.)
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To: Olog-hai

Springsteen’s support of O’Bumbler causes depression in me.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 7:49:51 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Olog-hai
Has he had a good album since ‘The River’?

Basically his efforts since then have generally been a mess of indecipherable mumblings.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 7:53:08 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Olog-hai

Springsteen becomes the poster boy for those screened that should not be able to own a gun.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 7:53:49 AM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
Springsteen’s support of O’Bumbler causes depression in me.

IMHO, any 'artist' who uses their craft to support a political candidate should have a value affixed to that support and should be subject to FEC contribution limits.

7 posted on 01/16/2013 7:57:55 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Olog-hai

We all have problems, Bruce. You’re no more special than those who’ve bought your records & made you fabulously wealthy.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:59:53 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Olog-hai
Da Boss done gone funky,
funky in de head.
Old fool now clunky,
his brain gone brain dead.
9 posted on 01/16/2013 8:01:26 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Banning guns over Adam Lanza would be like banning speech over Bill Maher.")
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To: Olog-hai

Springsteen depressess? How could the Creator of such upbeat music be depressed? /s


10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:02:47 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Olog-hai

Can’t stand to listen to him. He doesn’t sing; he croaks.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 8:05:54 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: xkaydet65
Sometimes I wanna take a knife, baby, edgy and dull, and put a 6 inch valley in the middle of my skull....
12 posted on 01/16/2013 8:07:57 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Jim from C-Town

No.

“Nebraska” had a couple good songs and that was it.

After The River, he jumped the shark.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:13:56 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: liberalh8ter

Alice Cooper says:

I call it treason against rock ‘n’ roll because rock is the antithesis of politics.
Rock should never be in bed with politics. ...
When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I’d run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could.
So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick. ....
If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.
Why are we rock stars?
Because we’re morons.
We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 8:19:17 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Olog-hai

So if he takes his meds, will it cure him from being a anti-American, socialist POS?


15 posted on 01/16/2013 8:20:02 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Salamander

Mr state trooper

Please don’t stop me...


16 posted on 01/16/2013 8:28:15 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Reason to Believe

The rest are forgettable.


17 posted on 01/16/2013 8:34:04 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Olog-hai
While I feel for any child who had to grow up with a mad, abusive father, I will never give this "artist" a penny, nor will I excuse his slavish devotion to socialism.
18 posted on 01/16/2013 8:34:08 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: skeeter

Never mind those who go to his concerts and add to that wealth.

(Maybe it depresses him that when his fans yell “Bruuuuce” it sounds like “Boooooo”? That’s the impression I got after hearing a recording of one of his concerts.)


19 posted on 01/16/2013 8:34:29 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Thank you for the post. I was very worried about Bruce "the Boss". Now I care even less, actually nothing, about the jerk. I'm sure his life is a lot tougher than mine. Having millions of dollars would certainly screw me up somehow, wouldn't it?

FMCDH(BITS)

20 posted on 01/16/2013 8:36:46 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: SampleMan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2969983/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2977428/posts


21 posted on 01/16/2013 8:37:50 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Olog-hai

I think Tunnel of Love was the last quality record he made and that was a quarter century ago.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 8:43:16 AM PST by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“We Take Care of Our Own” is a whining, repetitive 0bama / Democrat Party infomercial. I heard the first chorus and nearly broke the channel change button getting away from it. I’ve literally never heard it through, as I didn’t want that “ear worm” going through my head over and over again.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 8:44:58 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Darnright

I’m really confused by this “revelation”.

I started being a fan in the early 70’s and have read *tons* of interviews and just about every bio there was back then.

*Never* was his father described as “abusive”.

He was a bus driver, not the sullen, angry “factory worker” of songs.

His mom was a wonderful, loving mother who coddled him.

The only ‘strife’ between father and son that was ever mentioned was his father’s pleas for Bruce to get a job.

The boy partied all night and slept on his porch roof, at friends’ houses or under the boardwalk.

He’s never had a “normal job”, not even pumping gas and that annoyed his hard working middle class dad as it would any dad but I never, ever heard of “abuse”.

If Bruce didn’t mind admitting he ‘pretended to be a queer’ for his draft board meeting, I’m sure he would have mentioned a brutal father with equal openness.

Bruce is buying into his own cult of victomology and rewriting the ‘song of his life’, IMO.


24 posted on 01/16/2013 8:46:02 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Finatic

Too whiny and full of the soap opera of his affair with Patti and the strain in his marriage to Julie because she wanted to be somebody in her own right.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 8:48:19 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Salamander
The rest are forgettable.

Yes, since about 1982.

26 posted on 01/16/2013 8:54:54 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Salamander
I remember back in the 80s, a whole lot of women were informed by their therapists that their fathers had sexually abused them. The women did not know this -- they had, you see, suppressed the memories. But their therapists assured them that this was true, and so a lot of women confronted their abusive dads. Much damage was done to family relationships.

Was Bruce's father abusive in some way? Well, I bet Bruce's therapist says so. This may be something that Bruce "learned about" quite recently.

27 posted on 01/16/2013 8:57:40 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“This may be something that Bruce “learned about” quite recently.”

Oh, really?

I just now “learned” I was heir to the Hearst fortune.

Let’s see how much good that does me.

;]


28 posted on 01/16/2013 9:02:02 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: MileHi

I’d have to go look them up since the last one I actually paid for was The River.

By that time, I’d jumped over to Jethro Tull and Blue Oyster Cult, anyway.


29 posted on 01/16/2013 9:04:17 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Olog-hai

Bruce = hype. Always has been always will be.


30 posted on 01/16/2013 9:09:38 AM PST by csvset
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To: Salamander

Hmm. Partying all night usually involves booze and/or drugs.

Sounds like Bruce is starting to feel depressed about a shrinking bank account, maybe?


31 posted on 01/16/2013 9:21:19 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Salamander
Alice Cooper sells himself short; he's no moron. I suggest he's quite wise - which is why he's as successful as he is.
32 posted on 01/16/2013 9:23:00 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Olog-hai

Ten million for his kid’s jumping horse is a spit in the bucket for him.

Poverty is not something he’s ever going to worry about.


33 posted on 01/16/2013 9:54:14 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Salamander

Oh no . . . for such people, worrying about a shrinking bank account is never about any concern about poverty.


34 posted on 01/16/2013 9:59:53 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: liberalh8ter

Oh, indeed he is not.

He has wisely invested his money into many different, profitable ventures.

He now has the luxury of building his Christian oriented Solid Rock Foundation for Phoenix kids to get off the streets and into performing arts.

We’s one sharp, tough cookie with a quick wit and honed intellect and and I would never dare enter into a battle of wits with him.

Perhaps he generalized so as not to offend the real morons of rock and roll.

Like Bruuuuuuuuuuuce.

:)

He does ~quietly~ back Republican candidates though and thinks Palin is awesome.

That remark above was during the Kerry bid.

He went berserker on the musicians who supported them and called them “traitors”.

The “long explanation” was his answer to the flak he got for doing so.

Not that he cares.

He’s one of the Untouchables in the business.


35 posted on 01/16/2013 10:01:53 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: csvset

Some of the worst hype, too. Remember “I’ve seen the future of rock and roll and its name is Bruce Springsteen”, written by Jon Landau of Rolling Stone Magazine (also, uncoincidentally, Springsteen’s manager)?


36 posted on 01/16/2013 10:05:38 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Salamander
Travel Channel had his restaurant on one of their shows. My mouth was watering. Next time I'm in Phoenix, I'll be sampling his menu :)
37 posted on 01/16/2013 10:09:14 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Olog-hai

Target this guy as a self-admitted potential mass murderer, take away his guns and armed bodyguards, and toss him into a rubber room. New gun laws.


38 posted on 01/16/2013 10:11:16 AM PST by DPMD
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To: liberalh8ter

I’m still kicking myself for missing that.

The DirecTV DVR is now set to record *anything* with “Alice Cooper” as a keyword or title.

Which means that sometimes there’s a guy named Cooper and a woman named Alice in some weird old B/W film noir recording.

;D


39 posted on 01/16/2013 10:21:10 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Salamander
I'm pretty sure it's been on 2 shows; Anthony Bourdain and Man v. Food. If I'm not mistaken, he sat down with Bourdain and did an interview. It's been a while since I've seen it and to be honest, my once bear-trap of a memory has been reduced to a sieve. For this reason, I make mental notes...

"Hey, that's Alice Cooper......he has a restaurant....funny, it's a giant hot dog with everything on it called, "the big unit"...LOL...hey, that travel channel guy looks completely comfortable with that thing....hmmmmmm.....Alice seems to notice that, as well......wow, those fries look awesome......mental note...>gotta go there and find out.....

40 posted on 01/16/2013 10:37:14 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: liberalh8ter

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

I missed them both!

/sobbing uncontrollably


41 posted on 01/16/2013 11:46:34 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Olog-hai

I never liked Bruce Springsteen’s music or singing. He sounds like he is taking his last breath every time he opens his mouth. He is a “croaker”.

I never paid attention to his politics until Obama. Quite frankly, I could care less what he thinks. Just don’t make me listen to him is my only criteria.

I think a lot of these so called singers and performers know they have no talent or lasting power and they hook themselves to causes to stay relevant. I would definitely put Springsteen into that category.


42 posted on 01/16/2013 4:29:14 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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