In praise of … Bruce Springsteen

Editorial The Guardian, Monday 22 October 2012

The Boss is back, and he’s backing Obama. Fifty years after getting his first guitar, the working-class boy from New Jersey fills stadiums singing songs about unions, poverty and worklessness. Bruce Springsteen’s appeal is bound up in his ability to mesh political lyrics with mass appeal melodies, in a form you could call the electric protest song. Take Johnny 99 – a murder spurred by unemployment and hopelessness. Released in 1982, it still sounds bang up to date: “I had debts no honest man could pay/ The bank was holdin’ my mortgage and they were gonna take my house away.” While other grand old rockers reel off hits, he performs as he did decades ago, with every moment, movement and note accounted for. Happily, he’s become more political with age, raising money for food banks and trade unions, and pushing equal marriage rights. The Boss is earnest and self-effacing rather than louche or cool – and all the better for it.

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