The song “Born In The U.S.A.” inspired the famous Annie Leibowitz photo of Springsteen’s backside against the backdrop of an American flag, and the cover became an iconic image of the era.
Bruce’s blue jeans provide the blue in the red, white and blue imagery and give the representation of a working-class hero, and American at the same time.
The shot created controversy: was Springsteen facing the flag in admiration, or was it a rebellious gesture? Some even suggested he was urinating on the flag. He denied it: “That was unintentional. We took a lot of different types of pictures, and in the end, the picture of my ass looked better than the picture of my face, that’s what went on the cover. I didn’t have any secret message. I don’t do that very much.”