‘I’ll Wait For You, and Should I Fall Behind, Wait For Me’

By Mark McEwen I woke up in a hospital bed surrounded by my father, sisters, brother, best friend, cousin and my wife, Denise. It was 2005, I had survived my stroke, barely, and had been in a coma for two days. I was so far gone I didn’t even know I had been in one. My wife had to make some hard decisions with the doctor and those decisions had saved my life. Little did I know my journey had …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Born in the U.S.A’ … Bobby Kennedy Shot … ‘Tank Man’

Notable events from our shared experience Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band release Born in the U.S.A. on June 4, 1984. It becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time. A narrow win in the California GOP primary on June 2, 1964, makes Barry Goldwater all but unstoppable in his quest for the presidential nomination at the July convention in San Francisco. Israel battles Egypt, Jordan and Syria in the Six-Day War, also called the Third Arab-Israeli War, beginning June …

Pete Seeger: Folk Music Legend, Political Activist

Pete Seeger, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 94 in New York, accomplished the nearly unimaginable. He showed that one man, armed only with a banjo, a tenor singing voice and the courage of his convictions, not only could leave an indelible stamp upon popular music, but also challenge injustice and fight for a better world. Seeger helped popularize folk music, a genre derived from the traditional chants, hymns and laments of hardscrabble rural America, and wrote or …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

I suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

Would You Want to Live in a Rock Legend’s Childhood Home?

Would you buy a house that a rock superstar is rumored to have lived in as a child? That’s a question that prospective home buyers will have a chance to ponder, now that a real estate agent has listed a four-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod-style home in Arlington, Va., for $949,900. Aside from the covered front porch, hardwood floors and remodeled eat-in kitchen, there’s an additional selling point: The listing describes it as the “childhood home” of Jim Morrison, lead singer …

The Takeaway: Performing Helped Bruce Springsteen Cope With Severe Depression

By now, you may have heard about the New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen in which the now 62-year-old rocker talks about — gasp! — suffering from depression. The admission has swiftly been making the media rounds, because I guess it’s not every day that a symbol of good old-fashioned American working-class masculinity admits to something as unmanly as mental illness. And depression at that! Oh my. Generally when our rock stars have psychiatric problems, we like it to be something sexy, like drug addiction.