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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

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NickS

I've been meaning to thank you for this post, nicely written.

I admit, I've never felt much natural affinity towards Springsteen's music -- I respect it, but don't love it, but you make a very good argument for "The River" (and the video is good as well).

[I suspect my difficulty with Springsteen is that, having been raised by folkies, I think of "guy with an acoustic guitar" as the natural sound for earnestness in music.

Hendrik Hertzberg one noted, "Springsteen's body of work may be the largest irony-free zone in American popular culture." I don't mind music which is non-ironic, but I think, on some level, I expect that rock bombast will have a layer of irony.]

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