Bruce Springsteen at the Berlin Wall

By |2019-11-26T16:11:35-06:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Communism, Ronald Reagan, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

On July 19, 1988, Bruce Springsteen played a concert in East Berlin, telling the crowd: “I came to play rock ‘n’ roll for you East Berliners in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down.” The program included Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom.” An East German concertgoer recalled: “What I [...]

The “Antigone” of Bruce Springsteen: Highway Patrolman

By |2019-11-14T13:35:05-06:00September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Viggo Mortensen as Franky In Sophocles’ great play, Antigone, the eponymous heroine defies Creon, the ruler of Thebes, by burying her brother, Polyneices, who fought against Creon in the city’s recent civil war. Creon has decreed that Polyneices’ treachery will be avenged by allowing his exposed body to be desecrated, “chewed up by birds [...]

Bruce Springsteen: American Gadfly

By |2019-11-26T16:13:04-06:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Culture, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

“I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you.” —Socrates, quoted by Plato, Apology “My work has always been about judging the distance between American reality and the American dream. There is a real patriotism [...]

How Ronald Reagan Changed Bruce Springsteen’s Politics

By |2019-11-26T16:12:23-06:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

Born in the U.S.A., which turns 30 this week, is Bruce Springsteen’s best-selling album to date, and that should come as no surprise. Its songs—“I’m On Fire,” “Glory Days,” “Darlington County” and others—are FM radio staples, their foursquare drum, piano, base and guitar parts perfectly at home in either a Jersey Shore bar or [...]

Sins Unatoned: The Gothic Imagination of Bruce Springsteen

By |2019-11-26T16:20:24-06:00October 26th, 2013|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Culture, Flannery O'Connor, Music, South, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Walker Percy|

In 1989, the year before his death, the great Southern novelist Walker Percy wrote a letter to rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen, which reads, in part: This is a fan letter—of sorts. I’ve always been an admirer of yours, for your musicianship, and for being one of the few sane guys in your field. Of [...]

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