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Shrinking Alpha: Bruce Springsteen, Big Data and the Need for Knowledge

June 2017    by Jordi Visser

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Growing up as a blue collar kid in New Jersey, it should not be surprising that Bruce Springsteen holds an important part in the memory compartment of my brain.  Earlier this year, I listened to him narrate his autobiographical audiobook, Born to Run.  The most interesting part for me was hearing him describe with painful emotion the early days of failure as an artist.  He talked at length about the difficulty around the releases of his first two albums in 1973, Greetings From Asbury Park and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.   At the time, he had been hyped as the next Bob Dylan and those first two albums were commercial failures.  With those failures, the critics and momentum chasers using the most recent data points started making their predictions.

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