Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Working on a Dream

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Working on a Dream

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WORKING ON A DREAM

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Columbia, 2009)

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For 36 years now, Bruce Springsteen has been redefining the "rock star" job description.

He was the clean and sober guy in a flannel shirt who pushed community responsibility and, later, political engagement. Now he's out there again, finding out for all who may follow what it is to be an active practitioner of the rock arts at the age of 59.

Recently Springsteen has released a series of free downloads on his website, played at the Obama inauguration, put this entire album of new work on a stream at npr.org, officially released it as his 24th album, played the half-time show at the Super Bowl, launched a sold-out concert tour, and displaced teen pop sensation Taylor Swift from the top of the Billboard album chart. Whew. Not bad for a man who is nearing retirement age.

But what's especially interesting about the late-middle-era Boss is that he's still as engaged with his craft as if he were still trying to find his voice. …

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