The Ar­chives

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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.

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