Springsteen: ‘What Was Done To My Country Was Un-American’

And the Boss ain’t talkin’ no Tea Party bullshit, neither. Fiachra Gibbons of The Guardian has the particulars about the attitude and passion behind Bruce Springsteen’s album Wrecking Ball, to be released March 5. Here’s Gibbons:

Indeed, it is as angry a cry from the belly of a wounded America as has been heard since the dustbowl and Woody Guthrie, a thundering blow of New Jersey pig iron down on the heads of Wall Street and all who have sold his country down the swanny. Springsteen has gone to the great American canon for ammunition, borrowing from folk, civil war anthems, Irish rebel songs and gospel. The result is a howl of pain and disbelief as visceral as anything he has ever produced, that segues into a search for redemption: “Hold tight to your anger/ And don’t fall to your fears … Bring on your wrecking ball.”

Yep. Bring it on. I can’t wait to hear it. Springsteen’s music is unsubtle, but it has a focus and a passion not to be ignored by any American, or indeed by anyone, anywhere, who has been mistreated, shortchanged, used and thrown away, or trained in some high technology and later forced to clean shithouses just to pay the bills. It’s about damned time The Boss spoke up to the bosses.

H/T Avedon.

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