Bruce Springsteen already was a superstar when he released Nebraska 30 years ago today. Three decades later, that sparse acoustic album helps to explain not only why Springsteen remains a superstar today, but also why he is more popular and influential than ever.
When Springsteen wrote and recorded the 10 tracks on Nebraska in 1982, he was riding high with the success of his first five studio albums and easily could have carried in the vein of the popular sounds from those records. Instead, he chose to do a barebones album of bleak songs about killers, death and economic despair. Not exactly the Bruce Springsteen people knew from upbeat tunes such as “Rosalita,” “Prove It All Night,” and Hungry Heart.”
More than a month has passed since an assortment of people of different ages and different backgrounds first gathered in a park in New York City’s Wall Street financial district because a common concern about America’s disparity in wealth and its impact on their quality of life.
Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a much-discussed and debated topic — first on social media pages and eventually by mainstream news outlets. The movement also has grown with increasing numbers of participants not only in New York, but all across the nation and even beyond its borders. It also has become campaign fodder for America’s most powerful politicians.
What Occupy Wall Street has yet to accomplish, however, is to have a concrete impact on public policy. Continue reading