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(I ain't gonna play) Sun City

One of the best attempts by the music world to do something about socio-political issues. Forty nine artists (including Miles Davies, Dylan, Springsteen, Gabriel, U2, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, and Africa Bambaataa) organised by Springsteen side-kick Steven van Zandt and producer Arthur Baker as ‘Artists United Against Apartheid’, pledge they won’t play in Sun City, a luxury resort in South Africa, in support of the UN cultural boycott condemning apartheid (in 1985 apartheid was still in place). 110 more words


'80s Protest Songs

What would the eighties have been without protest songs? Just as every decade prior, and since, the eighties were filled with protest songs. There were protest songs about nuclear war, oppressive regimes, gang violence, and anyone who was president at the time. 383 more words


The Relation of Artists to Artefacts; or, The Dick and the Cultist

The Relation of Artists to Artefacts; or, The Dick and the Cultist

The last few times I’ve found myself waking in the middle of the night, my mind has usually strayed to the relationship artists play to their creations (I know, I’m pretty effin’ cool). 880 more words


Springsteen, The Sopranos and why Sochi’s a little like Sun City.

Bruce Springsteen was in South Africa recently as part of his world tour and I loved the show along with every other member of that audience. 524 more words


32. Setlist Capetown/Kaapstad Velodrome/Wielrystadion 29-01-2014

Setlist Capetown/Kaapstad Velodrome/Wielrystadion 29-01-2014

For the first time in Rock and Roll history Bruce Springsteen is playing in South Africa.
The first three shows in Capetown/Kaapstad, tonight the third show. 514 more words

Steven Van Zandt is sad Mandela will miss concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Van Zandt says his first thought when he heard Nelson Mandela had died “was a selfish one.”

Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, said he’d hoped Mandela would be able to attend one of the band’s South African shows next month. 384 more words


Remembering Nelson Mandela

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela

I took the above picture at The Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, back in June 23, 1990.  46 more words

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