She’s the one
She’s the one en ouverture de Fast women & slow horses - Dr Feelgood (1982)
She’s the one Ramones (1978)
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What Does Bruce Springsteen’s ’Born In The U.S.A.’ Really Mean? : NPR
If you’re listening closely, the lyrics of “Born in the U.S.A.” make its subject pretty clear: The 1984 hit by Bruce Springsteen describes a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to desperate circumstances and few options. Listen only to its surging refrain, though, and you could mistake it for an uncomplicated celebration of patriotism. You wouldn’t be the only one.
At other times, Springsteen dropped the upbeat chorus — singing only the verses, forcing his audience to hear the dark story of the veteran. When the U.S. invasion of Iraq loomed in 2003, he told his audience the song was a prayer for peace.
Onkey says the complexity of “Born in the U.S.A.” is why it endures: “It describes the ambiguities and challenges of the country that I have grown up in. And for me, it’s a rock-and-roll anthem: This singer, this scream, the sound of the guitar and the scale of the song suggest that rock and roll is big enough and important enough to tell that story.”
Maybe the meaning of “Born in the U.S.A.” is the distance between the grim verses and the joyous chorus. It’s the space between frustrating facts and fierce pride — the demand to push American reality a bit closer to our ideals.
Bruce Springsteen Speaks Out About the “Disgracefully Inhumane and Un-American” Scenes at the Border | The New Yorker
Springsteen has done his Broadway show, a tightly scripted narrative in words and song, a hundred and forty-six times, but, on Tuesday night, shaken by the scenes and sounds and images coming from the Texas-Mexico border, he briefly abandoned his script. He spoke in the voice of an American outraged, disgusted, bewildered by what is happening in his own country. Standing on a bare stage and under a simple spotlight, he said:
I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows, to be told anything. But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded of who they are, at their most joyous, at their deepest, when life feels full. It’s a good place to get in touch with your heart and your spirit. To be amongst the crowd. And to be reminded of who we are and who we can be collectively. Music does those things pretty well sometimes, particularly these days, when some reminding of who we are and who we can be isn’t such a bad thing.
That weekend of the March for Our Lives, we saw those young people in Washington, and citizens all around the world, remind us of what faith in America and real faith in American democracy looks and feels like. It was just encouraging to see all those people out on the street and all that righteous passion in the service of something good. And to see that passion was alive and well and still there at the center of the beating heart of our country.
It was a good day, and a necessary day, because we are seeing things right now on our American borders that are so shockingly and disgracefully inhumane and un-American that it is simply enraging. And we have heard people in high position in the American government blaspheme in the name of God and country that it is a moral thing to assault the children amongst us. May God save our souls.
There’s the beautiful quote by Dr. King that says the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Now, there have been many, many days of recent when you could certainly have an argument over that. But I’ve lived long enough to see that in action and to put some faith in it. But I’ve also lived long enough to know, that arc doesn’t bend on its own. It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction, day after day. You’ve gotta keep, keep leaning. I think it’s important to believe in those words, and to carry yourself, and to act accordingly.
And, with that, Springsteen sang “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
Mardi matin, François Sureau invité de la matinale de France Culture, réagissant au journal de la culture de Zoé Sfez y voyait « un discours de neuneu (...) un truc de nouilles... comme tout ce que célèbre l’académie Nobel ». Afin d’en juger par vous-même, ce rapide résumé, avec quelques approximations de traduction, d’avance merci de votre indulgence, toute correction sera prise en compte.
Dès le début, Dylan s’est simplement servi du Mouvement pour les droits civiques afin de se promouvoir lui-même : The Times They Are A-Changin’ et Blowin’ in the Wind étaient des poses artistiques au même titre que Nashville Skyline . Ce qui en fait n’était pas seulement OK mais aussi assez équitable, l’échange se réduisant à des exploitations symbiotiques - le Mouvement y gagnant quelques hymnes puissants, #Dylan devenant une figure de proue, et même s’il se servait de son public, l’art est plus important que la politique - à long terme en tout cas.
#Lester_Bangs in Fêtes sanglantes & mauvais goût : Dylan badine avec la mafia chic.
Juste pour dire que parfois, les discours de rockers sont plus marrant :
#Bruce_Springsteen SXSW 2012 Keynote Speech
NPR, le 18 mars 2012
Vous n’aimez pas Bob Dylan ? Bin correct, gang, ça ne devrait pas trop faire baisser sa cote R. Mais vous faites partie de ceux qui, pour la énième fois, se sont demandé s’ils devaient acheter un billet pour son concert au Centre Bell à coups de « Il paraît que c’est pu comme avant », « Il prend même pu sa guitare », « On comprend pas ce qu’il chante », « Il déforme ses tounes » ?!
La fabrique du #rock racontée par son artisan
Bruce Springsteen, en 1975. 1978, #Bruce_Springsteen travaille avec Patti Smith sur Because the Night. La chanteuse lui recommande un photographe dont elle aime le style : « Son grand talent était d’arriver à vous dépouiller de votre célébrité, se souvient Springsteen. Il y avait dans ses images une pureté et une poésie de la rue. » C’est exactement l’effet produit par les mémoires de cet immense chanteur qui, à sa manière, est un homme austère.
Bruce Springsteen: The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990 Album Review | Pitchfork
The new entry in Springsteen’s Live Archives series is the most unusual offering so far: two acoustic shows from 1990 that find him alone onstage for the first time since his commercial breakthrough.
Est-ce que c’est clair qu’il donne deux concerts au profit du Christic Institute ? C’est cet institut qui avait porté plainte contre la CIA pour sa participation dans l’Irangate, et vu qu’il avait perdu, il avait besoin d’argent... Il en parle un peu dans l’introduction de Reason to Believe, après avoir répondu à une femme qui lui criait I love you : « But you don’t really know me »...
Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A. - The New York Times
By SARA YAEL HIRSCHHORNSEPT. 4, 2015
Jerusalem — ON July 31, in the West Bank village of Duma, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in a fire. All available evidence suggests that the blaze was a deliberate act of settler terrorism. More disturbingly, several of the alleged instigators, currently being detained indefinitely, are not native-born Israelis — they have American roots.
But there has been little outcry in their communities. Settler rabbis and the leaders of American immigrant communities in the West Bank have either played down their crime or offered muted criticism.
It’s worth recalling the response of the former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin to another heinous attack two decades ago, when an American-born doctor, Baruch Goldstein, gunned down dozens of Palestinians while they prayed in Hebron.
“He grew in a swamp whose murderous sources are found here, and across the sea; they are foreign to Judaism, they are not ours,” thundered Mr. Rabin before the Knesset in February 1994. “You are a foreign implant. You are an errant weed. Sensible Judaism spits you out.”
The shocking 1994 massacre was, at the time, the bloodiest outbreak of settler terrorism Israelis and Palestinians had ever seen. Less than two years later, Mr. Rabin himself would be dead, felled by an ultranationalist assassin’s bullet.
Suddenly, a group of American Jewish immigrants that had existed on the fringes of society became a national pariah. A former president of Israel, Chaim Herzog, labeled the United States “a breeding ground” for Jewish terror; the daily newspaper Maariv castigated American Jews who “send their lunatic children to Israel.” One Israeli journalist even demanded “operative steps against the Goldsteins of tomorrow” by banning the immigration of militant American Jews.
But tomorrow has arrived.
After years of impunity for settlers who commit violent crimes, Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has now supposedly cracked down by rounding up a grand total of four youths believed to be connected to recent acts of settler terrorism — three of whom trace their origins to the United States.
The agency’s “most wanted” Jewish extremist is 24-year-old Meir Ettinger, who has an august pedigree in racist and violent circles. He is a grandson of Meir Kahane, a radical American rabbi who in 1971 immigrated to Israel, established the Kach party and served as its lone Knesset member until it was banned in 1988. (Kahane was assassinated in New York in 1990, but his career laid the groundwork for ultranationalist and antidemocratic parties in Israel.)
Another is Mordechai Meyer, 18, from the settlement of Maale Adumim outside Jerusalem. He is the son of American immigrants who claimed he simply wanted to study the Torah and have an adventure in the West Bank. Another American settler, Ephraim Khantsis, was detained for threatening Shin Bet agents in court. The fourth, Eviatar Slonim, is the child of Australian Jews.
Mr. Ettinger, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Khantsis join a long list of settler extremists with American roots. A Brooklyn-born settler, Era Rapaport, played a prominent role in the car-bombing of the mayor of Nablus in 1980. In 1982, a Baltimore transplant, Alan Goodman, opened fire at the Dome of the Rock, killing two Palestinians and wounding 11. That same year, a former Brooklynite, Yoel Lerner, was jailed for leading a movement to overthrow the Israeli government and blow up the Temple Mount.
These days, rabbis like the St. Louis-born Yitzhak Ginsburg, who heads a yeshiva in the radical settlement of Yizhar, are inculcating the next generation.
Today, according to American government sources and several other studies, an estimated 12 to 15 percent of settlers (approximately 60,000 people) hail from the United States. This disproportionately large American contingent — relative to the total number of American-Israelis — has joined secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox Israelis, and other more recent immigrants. Few of them live in extremist hilltop outposts; a majority live in suburbanized settlements near Jerusalem, but they are considered among the most highly ideological.
RATHER than quoting the Bible or rhapsodizing about a messianic vision, they tend to describe their activities in the language of American values and idealism — as an opportunity to defend human rights and live in the “whole land of Israel” — often over a cup of Starbucks coffee in their boxy aluminum prefab houses or in the mansions of settlement suburbia. To them, living in the West Bank is pioneering on the new frontier; it’s merely an inconvenience that they’re often staking their claims on private Palestinian land. And for a fanatical fringe among them, this Wild West analogy has extended to indiscriminate violence.
When #Steven_van_Zandt convinced AZAPO to take #Paul_Simon off a hit list and what Paul Simon really thought of Nelson Mandela
Later today in Cape Town #Bruce_Springsteen and the E Street Band start off a four-date concert tour of South Africa–the first time ever Springsteen and his band will perform in South Africa. The Cape Town dates are in Bellville, which looks and feels a lot like New Jersey, BTW. The tour will end with […]
C’était bien avant le #numérique | Lloyd Shepherd
La tentation du « c’était mieux avant » sous la plume de Lloyd Shepherd, qui recherche dans les sensations du monde numérique d’aujourd’hui des pistes pour ne pas se laisser engloutir par la #nostalgie.