Dave is Hearing:

Bruce Springsteen interviewed by Dave Marsh, Musician, February 1981

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This is probably the best interview I ever did with anybody, and one of the very few that I published in a Q/A format. It’s been quoted in pieces a lot of places, but other than Rock’sBackPages.com — to which everyone who wants to read about rock& soul, especially rock & soul history, ought to […]

To Set Our Souls Free: A different view of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball

Friday, August 10th, 2012

by Dave Marsh and Danny Alexander You might wonder, for good reason, why we are writing about Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball five months after its release. Some of the reasons have been personal. But  there are better reasons why we’re speaking up now, and speaking in the way that we are. Part of it is that […]


Monday, April 9th, 2012

I wrote this for Rock & Rap Confidential, the (now online) newsletter about music and politics I’ve edited with Lee Ballinger for thirty years–we started right about this time of year, too, I think. I’ve said very little at RRC in recent months, and this topic (suggested by Lee) seems a good place to get […]

Making Sense of Ron Paul (courtesy of Tim Wise)

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

This article originally appeared at the website of Tim Wise, who wrote it. It appears here with the permission of Wise, but you would do well to connect to the original page: http://www.timwise.org/2012/01/of-broken-clocks-presidential-candidates-and-the-confusion-of-certain-white-liberals/ Tim Wise is the outstanding white opponent of racism and white supremacy in the United States today. The connections he makes here […]

Music on Kick Out the Jams for July 31, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

We’re pre-recorded this weekend so I can be sure that what I wrote down is what actually plays. We usually change several pieces of music every week–pieces get removed because we’re out of time (talked too much, or I miscalculated), or because I had a brainstorm on Sunday morning before the show (at home–good, I […]

Music from Kick Out the Jams July 17 and July 24, 2011

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Kick Out the Jams 7 17 2011 Howdido, Woody Guthrie CD: Nursery Days Do Re Me, Bob Dylan  CD: The People Speak soundtrack Pastures of Plenty/This Land is Your Land, Lila Downs CD: La Linea This Land Is Your Land, Bruce Springsteen CD: Live 1975-1985, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Buffalo Skinners, Jim […]

Why I have no need to write fiction

Friday, July 15th, 2011

From the Rock & Rap Confidential mailing list (www.rockrap.com). Letter to the  Baltimore Sun July 7,  2011 Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s recent letter defending Bono and his ONE foundation puts him in direct opposition to President Obama’s appeal for “corporate jet” owners to pay their fair share of tax (“Cardin: ONE Campaign works,” June 27). U2 […]

Jimmy Cliff: “Let us send a message to all the leaders of the world today. Tell them that we the people don’t want another Vietnam in Afghanistan!”

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

It’s said that Bob Dylan once called Jimmy Cliff’s “Vietnam” the best protest song he’d ever heard. If he did, there’d be no reason to argue. If he didn’t, he could’ve. At Glastonbury, last month, Cliff changed “Vietnam” (41 years old) into a contemporary song once again by changing the title to “Afghanistan.” As you […]

Last Week on Kick Out the Jams 6 19 11

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Peter Gunn Theme, Clarence Clemons (Porky’s Revenge soundtrack) Slow Walk, Sil Austin (The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956) I Wanna Be Your Hero, Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers (Rescue/Hero, Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers) Blood Brothers, Bruce Springsteen (outtake from Live in New York City–Madison Square Garden 2000) Smokey Joe’s Cafe, […]

Walk Free, My Son: Vincent Harding Writes the President

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Vincent Harding, scholar and writer, speaks here as perhaps the leading Gandhian activist in our nation. He can say not only that he “marched with King,” but that he wrote with him, planned with him, and learned together with him. He remains one of the truly inspiring figures of the American freedom movement. This open letter […]