With the release of his career-making album Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen became the first rocker on the covers of Newsweek and Time simultaneously. “The first day I can remember lookin’ in the mirror and standin’ what I was seein’ was the day I had a guitar in my hand,” the 26-year-old told reporter Maureen Orth, who described his two-hour-plus concerts ending with “four foot-stomping encores” and a fan base possessing “a kind of cult hysteria.” Forty-three years later, that stamina and popularity remain.
In March, Adolf Hitler sent German troops to reoccupy the Rhineland, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. By October, his jingoistic rhetoric and threats to Moscow (“a national hymn of hate”) had Newsweek wondering if Europe was “building up mighty war machines.” Indeed: World War II was declared in 1939.
“Feminist politics have homed in like missiles on the twin issues of date rape and sexual harassment,” we reported. Katie Roiphe, author of a book on date rape, questioned the stats: “If 25 percent of my female friends were really being raped, wouldn’t I know about it?” This year, Roiphe’s Harper’s essay criticizing #Metoo stirred up controversy again.