Revisiting “The Rising” and rumors of a new Springsteen release

Bruce Springsteen is a darling of academia. Photo illustration by Joyce Bassett

As working journalist for 30+ years, I’ve experienced many momentous days in history and the resulting newsgathering rush that accompany those moments. My top three: I saw the Challenger explode in the sky on January 28th, 1986, as a young reporter working in Florida. I watched the second plane fly into the World Trade Center in an Albany, New York, newsroom. And I was news editor overseeing a handful of editors and reporters on a Sunday night when Osama bin Laden’s killing was announced by President Obama just 2 hours before presstime.

This week, during 3-hour road trips to Boston and back to watch my daughter’s soccer team, I’ll get a heavy dose of 9/11 stories on NPR. And it is Springsteen’s “The Rising” I’ll click to in my ipod to reflect on those times 10 years ago, September 11, 2001. The day that defined a decade.

You’ll be bombarded with articles all week, but here are a couple I recommend:

“”A Dream of Life: Revisiting Bruce Springsteens’s The Rising” in American Magazine and Times Union editor Casey Seiler’s “Campus Boss” academics examine the cultural significance of Bruce Springsteen. Casey’s story was written back in 2005, so don’t try signing up for any of the seminars he writes about.

But nothing is more soothing than reading rumors about a new Springsteen release coming this fall.

Note: Here is a link to the website of the artist Thomas Allen whose work was an inspiration for the photo illustration shown above.

Peace to all.

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