Officeworkers Need a Springsteen Too

Pop singers love blue collars. But who heralds the heartbreak in the cubicles?

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View of a large office with individual cubicles.

The white-collar office may be the best friend the entertainment industry has these days. The computer has erased the difference between work and play--YouTube, Web comics, online TV series--and nowhere is this symbiosis more important than in music. The iPod and iTunes, which allow you to take your music collection on your commute and to your desk, made Apple cool again. Radio stations market their online streams to cubicle jockeys. The music biz owes its digital-age existence in large part to officeworkers and their earbuds.

But somehow this love affair has never reached the creative level. We have office sitcoms, office...

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