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At 71 He’s At Number 1…… Again!

16 November 2020 | Arts

For many of us the pandemic meant a new dress code.. Flannelette in winter, cotton in summer..Pj’s of course. Then there were the openings… ‘fridg door mainly and the ” esoteric” hairstyles..long and longer. But some creative people actually created amazing music, painting, writing. Bruce Springsteen looks like he spent a lot of time in the gym and then there’s the new 12 track album and a documentary shot with the E-street band. Now that’s a productive pandemic! Oh and the album hit no 1 in the Billboard best seller list. (The last time he hit no 1 was in 2002 with ” The Rising.”) And yes he’s 71 years old and rather nice.

So why all the fuss.?

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