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Stories of
     Our Lives

Throughout his career, from his unheralded bar band days to superstardom, Bruce Springsteen has understood the true meaning of the word concert, to plan or act in mutual communication - he knows that it isn't about performing to a passive audience, but with engaged listeners. The concert is a communal event, where we in the audience get to "ride shotgun," as Springsteen puts it, with the musicians, and where we are connected by the stories each of us carries. That is why we care about Springsteen's story - because it is about him and about us in a shared moment of history.

TOD HOFFMAN is a frequent contributor to Queen's Quarterly. He saw Springsteen on Broadway on September 26, 2018. He has seen Bruce Springsteen in concert on six other occasions.

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