Bruce Springsteen’s new album “Wrecking Ball” explores themes of a nation’s faded promise, of its lost covenant with its workers, veterans and youth. As he was working on the album, a new book gave him the chance to write his thoughts about three decades of tough times in our nation. The following are excerpts of his foreword to “Someplace Like America,” by Washington Post photographer Michael Williamson and writer Dale Maharidge, both Pulitzer Prize winners.
Bruce Springsteen: “I had completed most of the "Tom Joad" record when one night, unable to sleep, I pulled this book [Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson’s “The Saga of the New Underclass: Journey to Nowhere”] down off my living room shelf.” Buy Photo
Bruce Springsteen backstage at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Michael Williamson/The Washington Post