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Roots & Influences - World of Bruce Springsteen

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Elvis Presley  Good Rockin' Tonight   buy on itunes
Sam & Dave  Soul Man   buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  Like a Rolling Stone   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  This Land Is Your Land   buy on itunes
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Who'll Stop the Rain   buy on itunes
Roy Orbison  Crying   buy on itunes
Pete Seeger  We Shall Overcome   buy on itunes
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels  Devil With the Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly   buy on itunes
The Kingsmen  Louie Louie   buy on itunes
The Animals  It's My Life   buy on itunes
Gary U.S. Bonds  Quarter to Three   buy on itunes
The Beach Boys  When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)   buy on itunes
The Isley Brothers  Twist and Shout   buy on itunes
Johnny Cash, June Carter & Merle Kilgore  Ring of Fire   buy on itunes
The Band  Long Black Veil   buy on itunes
Dion  Runaround Sue   buy on itunes
Chuck Berry  Sweet Little Sixteen   buy on itunes
Them  Gloria   buy on itunes
Buddy Holly & The Crickets  Not Fade Away   buy on itunes
The Byrds  Chimes Of Freedom   buy on itunes
The Ronettes  Be My Baby   buy on itunes
John Lee Hooker  Boom Boom   buy on itunes
Eddie Floyd  Raise Your Hand   buy on itunes
Rev. Gary Davis  Samson and Delilah   buy on itunes
Ennio Morricone  Once Upon a Time In the West (Once Upon a Time In the West)   buy on itunes


“We learned more from a three-minute record,” Bruce sings in “No Surrender,” “than we ever learned in school.” What he didn’t mention is that the three-minute record [i]was[/i] his school, and he’s spent the past four decades teaching Rock 101 to millions of students. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels’ “Devil with the Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly” races like a bullet train on a three-minute express to Soulsville U.S.A. — a bass-drum-thumpin’ monument to good times with a bad woman. Van Morrison’s gravel-soaked-in-whiskey delivery in “Gloria” seesaws between a whisper and a scream as he hammers home, letter by letter, the name we won’t ever forget. And if you can’t hear echoes of Pete Seeger’s protest-march anthem “We Shall Overcome" in the likes of Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “Last to Die,” you need to cue it up and play it again. But that’s not all — Springsteen’s roots extend from New Deal folk to old-school soul and beyond.
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