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Popping Back : Fans Fume, Others Cheer Bruce Blast

March 22, 1987

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.

The mantle of rock Messiah is one that Springsteen has steadfastly resisted, despite all the media hype and attention. Now that he has finally reached massive popularity, is it time to turn on him and start a "Bruce backlash"?

The fact that Springsteen can survive such acclaim and still make such great music is a statement to the character of the man.

Give him a break, huh?

JAMES ALLRED

Montebello

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