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January 18, 2009

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Cliched Image of Americana

I don’t care. I like it.

Posted January 18, 2009 at 12:27 | Comments (3) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


I like the caption: "Performers and stagehands perpare for Sunday's, "We Are One" Lincoln Memorial Inaugural Concert in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 17, 2009."

No mention of the fact that the featured performer/stagehand is BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

It's not cliched ;)

At the moment it's real, it's singular, it's a pinnacle moment.

(As an aside, it's struck me about a year ago that Bruce Springsteen put the pride back the American blue collar backbone that became rolled up into a conservative movement. Springsteen was not the musician of Clinton, he was Reagan/Bush. But the heart of the American people have changed. They are looking for me small town, small step realism and though Bruce has stayed the same the center moved to the left and now he sings to those who look to Obama for hope.

I think it was somewhere around The Ghost of Tom Joad album that the change began.

I think the Springsteen "turn" was more about perception than substance -- Nebraska seems like a pretty searing indictment of the Reagan era.

But I'd credit the perceptual shift more to 1994's "Streets of Philadelphia," a year before Tom Joad, which showed Bruce with a different look, singing in a different voice, in a decidedly urban context, with a socially progressive message.

The Greatest Hits album that came out that year with "Streets of Philadelphia" was the way most younger people, whose hazy memories were mostly of the Born in the USA aftermath, got reacquainted with the man's body of work. Myself included.

I like Bruce Springsteen. :)

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