In the Popping Off column in the March 15 Calendar, Kristine McKenna aired her negative views on the Bruce Springsteen phenomenon. Here's a sample of the heavy reader response, which ran roughly 60% to 40% against McKenna's opinion.
A funny thing happened when I turned to Calendar today. There was this article about a guy named Bruce Springsteen.
Only it wasn't the Bruce I know.
This Bruce is described as a musician who "offers so little that he does rock a disservice."
This Bruce is accused of "writing about life with an air of resignation that is the very antithesis of the spirit of rebellion basic to great rock 'n' roll."
This Bruce is described as sexless, charmless, humorless and bland. And most puzzling of all, this Bruce is criticized for creating music having "more in common with a Sousa March than with the '50s R&B he so liberally plagiarizes."