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Bruce Springsteen's latest ode to the "common man"
Amazon.com ^ | 4/7/2006 | Bruce Springsteen

Posted on 04/07/2006 5:18:48 AM PDT by bagadonutz

'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' features Bruce's personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named. Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, "So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds... they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words." Springsteen recorded the album with a large ensemble.


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This one decides it for me. It's not Bruce Springsteen who is great, it's the E Street Band. Everytime he does one of these solo projects it makes me want to hurl. Check out the new Amazon page and the Customer forums for some good discussions on Pete Seeger and how the old-guard commies get a free pass.
1 posted on 04/07/2006 5:18:51 AM PDT by bagadonutz
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To: bagadonutz

Well, there's $15 or $20 I can save easily. Springsteen is overrated.


2 posted on 04/07/2006 5:20:41 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: bagadonutz

Who? didn't he used to be somebody?


3 posted on 04/07/2006 5:24:32 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bagadonutz

And after a hard day's championing of "the common man",Springsteen goes home to his $30 million mansion.


4 posted on 04/07/2006 5:25:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: bagadonutz
"This one decides it for me. It's not Bruce Springsteen who is great, it's the E Street Band."

As much as I want to agree with you, "Nebraska" tends to refute your point. It was Bruce's first solo acoustical album and it was excellent. Somewhere around the "Born in the USA" timeframe Springsteen copped this holier than thou, self rightous attitude and has gone downhill ever since. His last, Devils and Dirt, was so bad I couldn't believe this was the same guy who did "Darkness on the Edge of Town" or "The River".

5 posted on 04/07/2006 5:26:26 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: bagadonutz

yeah Springsteen with all his millions can aford to be a communist.....at least till the state takes it all away from him....

....d*uchebag


6 posted on 04/07/2006 5:27:30 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bagadonutz
If you think someone is common, tell them that to their face.
Make sure you are much younger and larger so you won't get your a$$ kicked.
7 posted on 04/07/2006 5:28:17 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO")
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To: bagadonutz

The Boss that I knew as a teenager was kidnapped my socialist, bleeding heart aliens and replaced by one of their own. This happened in the mid-eighties somewhere around Nebraska.


8 posted on 04/07/2006 5:28:17 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Liberalism: replacing backbones with wishbones.)
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To: joebuck

Actually I meant to say "Devils and Dust" not Devils and Dirt.


9 posted on 04/07/2006 5:30:03 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: bagadonutz

10 posted on 04/07/2006 5:36:35 AM PDT by BufordP ("I am stuck on Al Franken 'cause Al Franken's stuck on me!" -- Stupid)
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To: Jack of all Trades

I did like the early 90's song 'Human touch' (song, not album), but I agree he's been going downhill, much like U2 who adopted that 'holier than thou' attitude right around the same time Brucey did. And a bucketload of other artists as well, come to think og it. That alien theory of yours might not be so crazy.


11 posted on 04/07/2006 5:39:02 AM PDT by Palpatine (The lesson of modern politics is that no class is less fit to govern than that which governs us now)
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To: BufordP

DC Chapter, the REAL ROCKERS!


12 posted on 04/07/2006 5:41:43 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: joebuck
You're right. Nebraska is probably his best record.

Of course, as far as I'm concerned, Greetings and The Wild have mostly just novelty value and everything after Born In The U.S.A. is either corny, annoying or both.

Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Nebraska, The River and Born In The U.S.A. (with reservations) are the only records by Springsteen worth owning in their entirety.

The other 10 or so just aren't good records - some rise to the level of mediocre.

13 posted on 04/07/2006 5:55:19 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: joebuck

You're absolutely right. "Nebraska," "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "The River" -- and also his breakthrough album, "Born to Run" -- are the real deal. The rest are forgettable indeed.


14 posted on 04/07/2006 6:01:51 AM PDT by ProudNorseman
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To: ProudNorseman

The River -- hands down -- one of the great rock albums of all time.


15 posted on 04/07/2006 6:04:14 AM PDT by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
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To: bagadonutz

Springsteen doing Pete Seeger sounds like a waste of plastic.


16 posted on 04/07/2006 6:04:38 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: wideawake

Woops, didn't see your comment. Agreed, "Born in the U.S.A." isn't all bad either, though it's well behind the other four.


17 posted on 04/07/2006 6:04:55 AM PDT by ProudNorseman
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To: bagadonutz
I saw Springsteen's first live concert in California. I thought he was just an ordinary bar band.

He's insufferably pretentious, portentous, affected, phony and contrived with all the faux humility and fake humbleness. He's this way because he's actually stupid. He is a lucky guy though to gain such an audience which becomes self-perputating with slavish, idolatrous fans.

Much of rock music is now just contrived posing and fake "Kodak Moments" as learned and parroted by the MTV video generation. Pre video, there were real concerts with real musical moments rather than just show bizzy stage shows.

Brucie, Wucie. The fake humility and "common man" pose makes me barf. It's indicative of the slide in standards and ability of the public to discern reality from the ersatz.
18 posted on 04/07/2006 6:05:35 AM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: bagadonutz
This shows the problem with copyright law. Springteen is going to get royalties for life from the stuff he did in the '70s and early '80s.

Now, if royalties were limited to 14 years, he actually try to put effort into making stuff people want to hear.

19 posted on 04/07/2006 6:07:37 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: baltodog
I got a job working construction
At the Johnstown Company
But lately there hasn't been much work
On account of the economy

Perfect summation of the Carter years.

20 posted on 04/07/2006 6:10:10 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: garyhope

Whoops, that's "self-perpetuating" rather than "self-perputating "

That darn spell checker!


21 posted on 04/07/2006 6:11:17 AM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The best definition of a liberal: Someone with all the right ideas and the resources to avoid their consequences.


22 posted on 04/07/2006 6:12:55 AM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer (Visit the Iran Crater in 2008)
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To: garyhope
Much of rock music is now just contrived posing and fake "Kodak Moments" as learned and parroted by the MTV video generation. Pre video, there were real concerts with real musical moments rather than just show bizzy stage shows.

Agreed.

A lot of very famous artists before MTV came along wouldn't get signed these days because they wouldn't have the 'right' stage presence or looks.

MTV and all it's derivatives suck.

Confession: I did like them between about '85 and '89 when they actually played music videos.

23 posted on 04/07/2006 6:15:09 AM PDT by Looking4Truth (Radical Muslims and Illegal immigrants: Too stupid to create so they invade or destroy.)
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To: baltodog

Yep.


24 posted on 04/07/2006 6:16:00 AM PDT by ProudNorseman
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To: theDentist

10 Springsteens couldn't equal one Bob Segar, in my humble opinion.


25 posted on 04/07/2006 6:16:28 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: bagadonutz

it's bruce who now lives in the mansion on the hill


26 posted on 04/07/2006 6:17:37 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (But even if he does not...)
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To: bagadonutz

Do not get me started about treasonous, anti-American, degenerate old fart Pete Seeger.

And do not ever get me started about "folk music". Yech, barf, puke!!!

Use A Folk Guitar, Go To Jail!

Hippy Dippy "Folk Singers" for Communism!


27 posted on 04/07/2006 6:18:25 AM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: wideawake
Agree with you completely on your assessment of Springsteen's music. When he's singing about cars, youth, road trips, interpersonal relationships, etc. he's as good as any act out there. When he injects politics there are very few that are worse.

As for Seeger, yeah, he was a communist, but one reason communism was able to take root in the US is that at first it misrepresented itself as a movement that actually had to do something with communities. I think Seeger and others of his era (i.e. Steinbeck) were generally patriotic Americans who got suckered into a belief system that was ultimately exposed as the the tentacles of a monster.

One of my favorite and most used quotes comes from Pete Seeger:

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.”

28 posted on 04/07/2006 6:18:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Looking4Truth

"Confession: I did like them between about '85 and '89 when they actually played music videos"

Yes, there was actually a brief period when it was fun and good.

Now it's just another wing of the MSM trying to tell us what's good for us and how to think and live.


29 posted on 04/07/2006 6:21:24 AM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: Jack of all Trades

I don't know, Bruce was always up for liberal causes. Remember the No Nukes concert at MSG? Difference was, back then he could be forgiven because he was the best rock musician in the world.


30 posted on 04/07/2006 6:25:48 AM PDT by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Which one?


31 posted on 04/07/2006 6:28:59 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: bagadonutz

Whoever told this guy he could sing should be 86'ed from the planet.


32 posted on 04/07/2006 6:32:24 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: Ace of Spades

Yeah, looking back he was always a liberal wanker, but at least he could let it go and for the most part have a good time at a show. Now he plays all his oldies like they're durges. I hear he has a hissy fit when people clap, sing and dance at his shows. Totally wrapped up in his own worls.


33 posted on 04/07/2006 6:35:29 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Liberalism: replacing backbones with wishbones.)
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To: theDentist

"Well, there's $15 or $20 I can save easily. Springsteen is overrated."

Even though I'm laughing at your comment, I'm in total agreement with it. He's WAY overrated.


34 posted on 04/07/2006 6:51:56 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: 3catsanadog; Old Grumpy
Yes, Bob Seger is one in my Top 3. Very Underrated.

Only Springsteen song (version) I like was "Born to be Wild." Not much else. And when he decided to go P.C. (Philadelphia) I began changing stations whenever I heard his voice.

35 posted on 04/07/2006 7:18:20 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: 3catsanadog

By the way: Remember Seger's song "Tomorrow". It's on his "Best of... #2" album. he asks. "What happens if neutrinos have mass?". They just announced earlier this week: Neutrinos have mass.


36 posted on 04/07/2006 7:20:23 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: garyhope

Guys were only into folk music to get chicks.

Just like the classic line from Animal House.

"Just mention modern art, civil rights or folk music, and you’re in like flint."


37 posted on 04/07/2006 7:21:32 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: dfwgator

ROFL, you're right.

We guys are so noble and selfless aren't we? We're only interested in all the good altrustic things. Food, booze, sex, cars and sports.


38 posted on 04/07/2006 7:35:50 AM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Springsteen goes home to his $30 million mansion.

Does he still live in Rumson NJ?

39 posted on 04/07/2006 8:11:47 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Tribune7
Perfect summation of the Carter years.

Except that it was written to condemn Reagan's economy, if I'm not mistaken.

40 posted on 04/07/2006 8:13:50 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: bagadonutz

I want to find and kill the person who gave Springsteen the Woody Guthrie albums and John Steinbeck books.


41 posted on 04/07/2006 8:15:21 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SuziQ
Does he still live in Rumson NJ?

Don't know.But,knowing his ilk,I'll wager that he's living in lower Fairfield County,CT....Darien,New Canaan,Greenwich.

42 posted on 04/07/2006 8:16:21 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Gay State Conservative

When we lived in NJ, about 20 yrs. ago, some friends of ours scored big and got a great price on a house in Rumson, just down the street from Oyster Bay. It was truly the case of the worst house in the best neighborhood, and they were fixing it up a little at a time. I remember riding with her one day in the area, and she pointed out The Boss's house. It was a HUGH home on a lot that looked to be probably 3 or 4 acres, which for Rumson is also HUGH! Don't know if he stayed there or not. It wasn't too far from his old stomping grounds in Asbury Park.


43 posted on 04/07/2006 8:20:54 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Ace of Spades
Remember the No Nukes concert at MSG? Difference was, back then he could be forgiven because he was the best rock musician in the world.

That was the first concert I ever attended, at the tender age of 16.

After about three hours of mostly folkie crapola like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, the whole place went dark. Then a blue spotlight shown on the center of the stage, where Springsteen was playing the opening licks to "Prove it All Night." The place went nuts and screamed along with him. When the band joined in for the chorus, every light in the Garden came on and every single person was dancing on top of their chairs, like it was the greatest encore ever, and it was still the first song!

He absolutely blew the roof off the place. There was never a band like them in their prime.

44 posted on 04/07/2006 8:23:49 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SuziQ
Except that it was written to condemn Reagan's economy, if I'm not mistaken.

You are mistaken. The River came out in 1980. Jimmah was the president.

And the song premiered the year before at the No Nuke's concert.

45 posted on 04/07/2006 9:31:33 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: garyhope
Do not get me started about treasonous, anti-American, degenerate old fart Pete Seeger.
And do not ever get me started about "folk music". Yech, barf, puke!!!
Use A Folk Guitar, Go To Jail!
Hippy Dippy "Folk Singers" for Communism!
Damn, I like the way you think. Your post is almost verbatim what I'd say.

I cringe when I'm out at a bar/restaurant eating dinner and some wuss singer/songwriter wannabe starts twangin' on his guitar getting ready to start his 'show'.

It's almost as bad as being there for karaoke.

46 posted on 04/07/2006 11:24:21 AM PDT by Looking4Truth (Radical Muslims and Illegal immigrants: Too stupid to create so they invade or destroy.)
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To: Looking4Truth
"It's almost as bad as being there for karaoke"

The worst karaoke I ever saw (and I've only been to one) was when I got bumped off a flight in Detroit and they put me up in the ugliest Raddison hotel I've ever been in. The "restaurant" was such a joke when I walked in, I burst out laughing. How bad was it?,.....It was sooooo bad, that the next morning I went down and took pictures of it to remember it.

It was sort of a cross between powder blue fake ocean swirls, fake palm trees, fake Polynesian Tiki Boom Boom Room and a menu that if it wasn't fried, it wasn't on the menu. Did I mention that the "service" was almost non existent? Anyway,......

The "Karaoke Room" (more like Kara-oki, not to disparage all the fine people from Oklahoma) was a barren concrete shell with institutional tables and folding high school cafeteria chairs, with 4 or 5 men and one woman "singing" their little ole hearts out. I couldn't have made this up. I felt sorry for all the citizens of Detroit. I was stunned. It was surreal to me. I must be naive.
47 posted on 04/07/2006 12:27:33 PM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: joebuck

Bruce Springsteen: Irrelevant since 1987.


48 posted on 04/07/2006 1:00:58 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Petronski

Bruce Springsteen: No talent hack. He should still be struggling in some New Jersey dive.


49 posted on 04/07/2006 1:09:12 PM PDT by subterfuge ("The GATOR boys are HOT right now."---Joakim Noah)
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To: Tribune7

Oops, I guess I'm wrong. I didn't even know who he was until the early 80's, and I lived in NJ at the time!


50 posted on 04/07/2006 2:21:10 PM PDT by SuziQ
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