I remember when I was a young child in my parents car and hearing my first Springsteen song. It was The Rising back in 2002, and I had yet to discover the likes of Darkness… and Born to Run. But since then I’ve been a sort of disciple of the history, music and story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, and his early bands such as The Castiles and Steel Mill…
So, last year I took my Springsteen zine to the DIY Cultures fair and I received a
surprising response; I was laughed at. Yes – A lot of people I have contact with day to day find my admiration for The Boss quite intense and slightly strange, but the people at the DIY Cultures fair seemed to also, and I just couldn’t understand why until I had a chance to walk around and look at all the Zines available. This is when I realised that most of the zines present were all either potently feminist, anarchist, queer, or anti-war. These are all causes I truly believe in, but because I am a white, straight, mainstream looking woman who happens to have had a comfortable upbringing attending university, I think I’m not perceived as enough of a ‘misfit’ for my views to be seen as legitimate in the zine world, and neither is Bruce Springsteen. Despite his past and his message, he is now seen as a mainstream artist; too universal to be the required level of misfit anymore. Since when did not visibly being a misfit make one a misfit?