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.
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.
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.
Susan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Youngstown, Ohio.
Well, have you got your GRAMMY party lined up yet? I hope so, because the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards are taking place this Sunday, January 31st at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. And this year, the savvy Academy voters did a great job recognizing music's best talent - and sure didn't leave the rockin' to the kids!
Hot on the AARP News radar this morning is a front page article in the New York Times that takes a look at the effect the bill taken up this week by the Senate Finance Committee would have on seniors receiving health benefits through Medicare.
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