The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: The Alt-Rock Influence of Bruce Springsteen

[Christmas break time. We’ll be back to new episodes in January. -AC]

I’m always looking for new ways to explore the world of alt-rock, so I’m trying a slightly different tack with this episode. While Bruce Springsteen is a long way off from the alternative universe, he has had a surprising impact on our music. This show names names and illustrates how far that influences has actually gone.

Songs on this program include:

U2, Pride in the Name of Love (Live)

Keep the Car Running (Live)/Arcade Fire

The Ghost of Tom Joad/Rage Against the Machine

The ’59 Sound/Gaslight Anthem

The Hold Steady/Stay Positive

Betterman (Live)/Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen

Fortunate Son (Live)/Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Zack Brown

Killers, When You Were Young

If you’d like to listen along, here’s the playlist created by Eric Wilhite.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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