The Boss.

Over 65 million records sold in the US.  18 Grammys and an Academy Award.  Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The fourth highest grossing touring artist of all time (behind the Rolling Stones, u2, and Madonna).

No sex scandals.  No songs about heroin.  No mugshots on E!.

No “cashing in” albums, like “Dylan and the Dead.”  No blockbuster tours, like Elton John and Billy Joel (though you can hardly blame Joel since he went bankrupt in the mid 1980’s).

  Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) is one of the few rock songs that consistently gives me goosebumps.

The Boss recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of his local New Jersey newspaper.  The contents:

In response to the Asbury Park Press’ article of March 27, titled “As poverty rises in NJ, cuts target aid,” Bruce Springsteen wrote the following letter, published on March 31:”Thank you for your March 27 front-page story by Michael Symons, “As poverty rises, cuts target aid.” The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other.”Also, you’ve shone some light on anti-poverty workers and analysts such as Adele LaTourette, Meara Nigro, Cecilia Zalkind and Raymond Castro, among others, all of whom have something important to add to the discussion: real information and actual facts about what is happening below the poverty line.”These are voices that in our current climate are having a hard time being heard, not just in New Jersey, but nationally. Finally, your article shows that the cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years. I’m always glad to see my hometown newspaper covering these issues.”
Bruce Springsteen

If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is.  The guy actually cares. A rock star who cares.  Bono may care, but is he writing letters to the editor of the Dublin Gazette?

I saw somewhere a couple of years ago Bruce went to his high school reunion.  How many Grammy award winners go to their high school reunion?  I once read an article by Robert Palmer in Rolling Stone magazine that said “you can tell an awful lot about the person (a rock star is) by how they show up to an interview, and who they come with.”  Apparently, Bruce always comes alone and drives a pick up truck.  If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is.

The Boss indeed.