Bruce Springsteen recalls the day JFK was murdered on SiriusXM
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a shocking experience for the vast majority of Americans.
Including a young Bruce Springsteen in Freehold.
The boss shared his experience hearing the news of Kennedy’s disappearance and listening to a song about it “over and over again” on Wednesday April 28, during the last edition of his deejay show “From My Home to Yours. On SiriusXM’s E Street Radio Channel.
“I played this next edit over and over in my South Street bedroom as a teenager,” Springsteen said of the Byrds’ “He Was a Friend of Mine”. “The first rock song, I think, to try to contextualize the Kennedy assassination, which was a sacred subject in the early ’60s. It was on Byrds’ 1965 album, ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’. Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds) said he wrote this version of what was a traditional folk song in 1963, the night Kennedy died.
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Kennedy’s assassination, he was 46, shook America in his heart and shook Americans from the complacency induced by the prosperity of the 1950s.
The tumultuous 1960s had begun.
The Byrds’ “He Was a Friend of Mine” served as a praise of rock’n’roll in the same way that Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” calmed the country after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
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“I was 13 when Kennedy was assassinated,” Springsteen said. “I always remember I was in gymnastics class to play soccer on the field. Someone ran out of the school and bumped into the chain link fence and said the president had been shot. We all rushed inside and the rest was history.
“It’s a nice version of ‘He was a friend of mine’. ”
The Kennedy assassination introduced the idea to the general public that parts of our government have acted dishonestly to achieve goals that are not beneficial to the majority of the country.
The conspiracy theory was born, and it even affected members of the Byrds. David Crosby was out of the group four months after he said on stage at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 that Kennedy had been killed by several gunmen, not one.
“History has been deleted, witnesses have been killed, and this is your country ladies and gentlemen,” Crosby said from the scene.
He also praised the effects of LSD that night.
Springsteen performed 20 songs about friendship, its rewards, and sometimes its traps on the April 28 show.
“There is no friendship in the world like a rock ‘n’ roll friendship,” Springsteen said. “Music is the unspoken language of fellowship. When you find the soul mate who understands every note, every syllable of every lyric in every song that ever ripped your heart out, you know you’ve found a friend for life.
“Blood Brothers” by Bruce Springsteen
“While waiting for a friend” by the Rolling Stones
“You are a friend of mine” by Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne
“Always a friend” by Alejandro Escovedo
“See my friends” by the Kinks
“Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
“My Best Friend” by Elmore James
“Through with Buzz” by Steely Dan
“Mixed emotions” by the Rolling Stones
“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan
“Me and Michael” by MGMT
“None but the Brave” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“My Rambling Pal” by Tom Paxton
“He was a friend of mine” by the Byrds
“I’ll See You In My Dreams” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Pal of Mine” by Joan Baez
“It’s been a long time” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt
“Two Lucky Bums” by Dave Alvin with Chris Gaffney
“Two Hearts” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Backstreets” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
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Chris Jordan, originally from Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network, New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]