Monday, July 9, 2012

A Lesson in Pop Music History

Everyone remembers the cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" LP, which pictured Bruce and Clarence Clemons back to back, a celebration of interracial harmony in 1975. Few remember that Bruce had a band that at one point early in his career featured three black musicians along with three white musicians. The LP "The Wild The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle" celebrated not only rock and roll, but jazz and soul as well. With that in mind, check out this video from the Roskilde Festival in Denmark with Bruce and the E Street Band performing with The Roots. If this doesn't bring to mind such interracial bands from the sixties as Sly and the Family Stone and Booker T & the MGs, then you just don't know much about pop music history.

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