Listen to Bruce Springsteen read his new foreword for the 40th anniversary edition of Ron Kovic's "Born on the Fourth of July," and hear the first chapter of the classic memoir.
Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.
Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.
We can’t say Gore Vidal didn’t warn us.
I grew up in Jersey -- Jersey City. I don't remember being west of the Delaware River until I was in college. I thought the United States was an Italian country governed by the Irish.
Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey can count The Boss among their supporters. On Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen posted a statement on his Web site saying that he "couldn't agree more" with Gov. Jon Corzine's assessment that the marriage-equality legislation that's under consideration in the Garden State represents "a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law."
Barack Obama has been known to roll with the celebrity set (paging Oprah Winfrey), so perhaps it's only fitting that his inaugural festivities will begin on Sunday with a show at the Lincoln Memorial replete with boldfaced names and HBO at the ready to showcase the event.
Unitarian Universalist minister Jeffrey Symynkywicz is quite the Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, apparently. The Boston fan has studied Bruce Springsteen's lyrics as though they were Scripture, and the end result is Symynkywicz's new book -- wait for it -- "The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen."