I grew up a very mixed child. My brothers were "rockeros". Through them I imbibed 60s, 70s, and 80s rock. The Beatles were my touchstone. I listened to everything from the Stones to Elvis Costello to U2.
From my friends, I was a hiphop head. I grew up in New York City right when the streets exploded. I went to basement parties where Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bamabaataa, and all the other leading lights of early 1980s rap were the rage. (Hell, even in my very Catholic grammar school that's what they played at the school dances.)
And, of course, I am a child of the MTV generation. So Bruce Springsteen was a large part of my upbringing. (And, of course, growing up in New York, you couldn't escape his influence.)
As a long-time fan of of El Jefe, what has struck me is that for all his fame, for all his riches, he has remained what he has always been: America's troubadour, exposing the darkness in an American dream which has gone off the rails.
He campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. And it's a fitting coda that he will be with the Obamas and the Clintons tomorrow, in this, the most consequential election we've had possibly since 1860, where the direction we take as a people is in the balance.
So, for your evening thread, some music from The Boss.
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