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- Posted on Jul 23rd 2012 12:59PM by Spinner
Alex Brandon, AP
While there's plenty of interesting stuff in there, one of the most surprising parts is the revelation that Springsteen went through a dark period in the '80s while he was working on Nebraska. "He was feeling suicidal," Dave Marsh, a writer and friend of Bruce's, told Remnick. "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."
Many of these issues went back to his childhood, which was clouded by the looming presence of Springsteen's angry, depressed father. The rocker took out his rage during concerts, performing marathon shows thanks to "pure fear and self-loathing and self-hatred."
"My issues weren't as obvious as drugs," Springsteen, whose wife Patti Scialfa also battled clinical depression, 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. It's both things: There's a tremendous finding of the self while also an abandonment of the self at the same time. You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone. Just gone. There's no room for them. There's one voice, the voice you're speaking in."
The article goes on to say that Springsteen was able to overcome these issues through therapy, and explains way more about how he's dealt with the death of Clarence Clemons. It's really worth a full read.