Magazine article New Internationalist

Jerusalem

Magazine article New Internationalist

Jerusalem

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Jerusalem isn't going to win grizzly old country man Steve Earle any fans among the Bush administration, but then again, never has a record been so designed not to. Topics are various - as you might expect from the former hell-raiser who in recent years has become a vocal opponent of capital punishment - but Jerusalem's main focus is on `the American Way' and the fact that Earle doesn't like what he's seeing.

This has led some commentators to label Jerusalem an anti-patriotic album. The truth is anything but. Earle's politics stem from a post-Vietnam patriotism that asks difficult questions at the right times. Bruce Springsteen's name is often coupled with Earle's but the range of Earle's music extends beyond the forging of American mythologies. …

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