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Bruce Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart' Craved Ring Dings

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bruce Springsteen in 1982, just after recording 'Nebraska.' He's seen here in the bedroom of a house he rented on the shores of a reservoir in Colts Neck, NJ. (Frank Stefanko)

The young Bruce Springsteen was no friend of vegetables, according to Peter Ames Carlin's sweeping new biography Bruce. The soon-to-be-star lived on Ring Dings, Velveeta-and-mayonnaise sandwiches, fried chicken and Pepsi. That diet might turn your stomach, but it also sheds light on Springsteen's hardscrabble, lonely childhood, Carlin explains in his intimate portrait of the rock icon.


Peter Ames Carlin

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