The energy, the sexual appeal, the unyielding artistry and defiant angst — these artists embody what it means to be a rock icon. The definition is never the same twice. While stars like Janis Joplin use their softness as the most biting weapon, others like Jim Morrison capture a frenetic, untouchable energy that’s as captivating as it is uncomfortable. These enigmatic singers have wailed, crooned, and shaken their hips into the rock and roll history books.
Few frontmen embody the heart and soul of working-class America. Bruce Springsteen isn’t just a New Jersey rock and roll treasure – his work also draws from ’60s R&B, punk, and folk, aligning him to paint inspiring tales of blue-collar heartbreak.
In 2018, Springsteen is a superhero of sorts. The rocker is well into his sixties and regularly throws three-hour concerts. He’s also managed to never forget his roots. The rock hero recently played a secret, small-venue show in his old Asbury Park, NJ, haunting grounds. Though his career led him to 20 Grammy wins and 50 nominations, he still plays for the love of it.