Born to Run, the album that catapulted Bruce Springsteen into the national spotlight, celebrated its 40th anniversary last month.
Springsteen fanatics love sharing the story behind the album. The Boss released two records in 1973, and although critics praised both, they flopped. So Springsteen’s third effort was, quite literally, his last chance. As Springsteen biographer Peter Ames Carlin once explained, “Columbia [Records] gave Bruce and the band just enough money to produce one song to show he could make great singles and prove the next album would be worth making. That’s why [the band] took six months on ‘Born to Run.’ Every single note had to be perfect, otherwise they knew they would be going back to Asbury Park empty-handed.”