Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is out soon, and it looks set to do some damage. In a good way. Too late for my birthday, but
I am not a die hard Springsteen fan- his music always seems a bit too industrial for my taste, although I love one of his old albums- Nebraska. However, industrial is what this new album needed to be, as Springsteen seems to have given voice to the disenfranchised working American man.
What he seems to have produced is a protest album- with the finger pointed at the very heart of the Capitalist machine, which Springsteen calls with such irony, unamerican.
This from a Guardian article;
“A big promise has been broken. You can’t have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can’t get on the train. There is a cracking point where a society collapses. You can’t have a civilisation where something is factionalised like this.”
“Previous to Occupy Wall Street, there was no push back at all saying this was outrageous – a basic theft that struck at the heart of what America was about, a complete disregard for the American sense of history and community … In Easy Money the guy is going out to kill and rob, just like the robbery spree that has occurred at the top of the pyramid – he’s imitating the guys on Wall Street. An enormous fault line cracked the American system right open whose repercussion we are only starting to be feel.
“Nobody had talked about income inequality in America for decades – apart from John Edwards – but no one was listening. But now you have Newt Gingrich talking about ‘vulture capitalism’ – Newt Gingrich! – that would not have happened without Occupy Wall Street.”