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Springsteen in therapy

The king of blue-collar rock Bruce Springsteen has revealed that he has been in therapy for 30 years. He first turned to psychoanalysis after experiencing depression during the recording of his classic Nebraska album.

"I’m 30 years in analysis," Springsteen told the New Yorker in one of the most candid interviews he has ever given. "My issues weren't as obvious as drugs. They were quieter – just as problematic, but quieter." The 62 year-old is still playing marathon shows on world tours, but admits that he has been dogged by psychological anxieties over the years, and by "pure fear and self-loathing and self-hatred. You think, I don't like anything I'm seeing, I don't like anything I'm doing, but I need to change myself, I need to transform myself."

He believes that live performance helps relieve that introspective torment. "There is a tremendous push toward self-obliteration that occurs on stage," he said. "You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone. Just gone. There's no room for them. There's one voice, the voice you're speaking in."

He asserts that such anxieties are part of his art, and fuel his creativity, encouraging what he calls the "desire for renewal". "I do not know a single artist who does not run on that fuel," he said. "If you are extremely pleased with yourself, nobody would be f**king doing it! Brando would not have acted. Dylan wouldn't have written Like a Rolling Stone. James Brown wouldn't have gone 'Unh!'"

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