Bruce Springsteen Reckons with Mortality

Bruce Springsteen performs during the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, in 2017. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
In the Apple TV+ documentary, Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You, the 71-year-old Boss contemplates the end of the road.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C reating and sustaining the character called “Bruce Springsteen” has been a 50-year project of Bruce Springsteen, and an immensely successful one. But at 71, the myth of Springsteen stands to one side as the man himself faces the same truth facing all of us, the one from which no amount of celebrity can protect him. From 1965 to 1968, as a teenager, Springsteen was a member of a starter rock band, the Castiles. In Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You, an affecting new documentary on Apple TV+, he notes with a combination of sadness and resignation, but not surprise, that he