Some people still believe Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 album Born in the U.S.A. can be understood as a declaration of love to his fatherland. But in all fairness: I believe all those self-proclaimed experts are right who rather see the LP as a merciless requiem of the American Dream. If you were still an advocate of the other interpretation, we can probably still agree that this record was a milestone in the history of rock music – and with more than 30 million copies sold it is also one of rock music’s most successful albums.
In twelve songs, the Boss tells stories from the life of American stereotypes – for example the story of the protagonist in “My Hometown”: When he’s eight years old, his father spontaneously asks him to sit on his lap, behind the steering wheel of his big, old Buick. The urgent appeal behind it: Don’t you ever forget where you come from – take a good look ‘round.