Considering the incredible success rock legend Bruce Springsteen has enjoyed during his decades-long career, what he revealed in the July 30 issue of the New Yorker has taken many by surprise.
According to Today, what stands out in the 15,000-word feature is the fact that Springsteen, 62, felt suicidal and depressed at the height of his career, especially after albums like “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” became hits.
“‘He was feeling suicidal,’ Springsteen’s friend and biographer Dave Marsh said. ‘The depression wasn’t shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you are getting your ass kissed day and night. You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth.'”
David Remnick, who penned the article, spent an extensive amount of time with the rock star, including at his N.J. home and on the road. He wrote that Springsteen began therapy in 1982 to deal with his deep-rooted problems.
“My issues weren’t as obvious as drugs,” Springsteen said. “Mine were different, they were quieter—just as problematic, but quieter. With all artists, because of the undertow of history and self-loathing, there is a tremendous push toward self-obliteration that occurs onstage.”
But decades of therapy have helped him embrace the dark reality of being an artist, and because of it he’s kept pushing himself and has maintained his iconic role in the music industry.
Springsteen told Remnick: “Look, you cannot underestimate the fine power of self-loathing in all of this. You think, I don’t like anything I’m seeing, I don’t like anything I’m doing, but I need to change myself, I need to transform myself.
“I do not know a single artist who does not run on that fuel. If you are extremely pleased with yourself, nobody would be f—ing doing it!”
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