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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 […]

Cry, Cry, Cry

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Perfection of Southern Soul Bobby Bland was, in his prime, the most powerful blues shouter of all time, though capable as well of a caressing tenderness. “Turn On Your Lovelight” is what the rock world knows, I guess, but the man’s legacy is also in “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do,” […]


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 […]

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 Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

May 29, 2011 on “Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams.”

This Week on Kick Out the Jams and Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams with Dave Marsh

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Our guest on both Kick Out the Jams and Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams with Dave Marsh will be Dale Maharidge, author of Journey to Nowhere and the new Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression, each of which has an introduction by Bruce Springsteen (each of which Bruce volunteered to write).

100 Years of Robert Johnson

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

[This item appeared in April at the Holler If You Hear Me website: www.hollerif.blogspot.com  I added a little here.] Somebody asked if Robert Johnson ever got to Chicago. I looked for the fact in a few places and then realized that what I was going to get was somebody’s version but that it was more […]

A Letter to My Daughter on the Anniversary of Her Death

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Every year, on January 3–the anniversary of her death at age 21, from a very rare cancer, retroperitoneal sarcoma– I write my daughter Kristen a letter. This is the 18th. The others are available if you would like to see them. Thank you for the attention you might give this. If you would like to […]

“We can catch courage from one another, sparking a New Year’s momentum to put an end to war.’

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

From my friends Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison, co-directors of Campaign for Peace and Democracy. I hope you will join us in this simple but meaningful activity. And let’s all add a New Year’s resolution for our too often bloodthirsty nation: End the war! And don’t start any new ones. Thanks for all of you […]