This weekend, the Boss from New Jersey opened his concert in Brooklyn with his rendition of the biggest hit by the late purple genius from Minnesota. It’s already all over the internet, but it’s to relevant to all my interests not to have it on my blog, too. For more Prince-Old White Dudes crossover, check out this magnificent version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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It’s incredible what Tom Morello does with his guitar in this live version of The Ghost of Tom Joad with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

Plus, in these days of unemployment, debt, and resistance, songs like The Ghost of Tom Joad become more and more relevant.

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This is truly incredible. 



Map of New Jersey based solely on Bruce lyrics.

“200+ references from Greetings from Asbury Park to Born in the USA. Printed in ‘Spirit in the Night’ black on ‘Big Man-sized’ 23×32 newsprint. Individually numbered edition of 500. Serious magic in the night, shipped straight to your door.” Made by Dan Cassaro – buy it at Springstreets

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I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you’re 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life – certainly by the time you’re 18. But I do find it helps me with form, in that something may just inspire me, may give me an idea as to the form I’m going to create something in, or maybe the setting. Ten or 12 years ago, nature writing struck my imagination and it’s seeped into my work a little bit here and there ever since.. It’s all kinds of things… So when you go to record with your band, you have all those sounds, you’ve created a bank.