Wesley Stace has published four novels, including Misfortune (2005), and has co-written with Mark Morris the dancer and choreographer’s forthcoming memoir Out Loud. He has also made many recordings under the name John Wesley Harding. (September 2019)

Follow Wesley Stace on Twitter: @WesleyStace.

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Springsteen at Seventy

Michael Stipe of REM and Bruce Springsteen performing at the “Vote For Change” concert at the Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, October 1, 2004

Whatever showmanship, whatever little bits of business Bruce Springsteen employs to bolster this illusion—the illusion that we are all together, in a small place, where we might be spattered with the performer’s sweat, where one might be able to get from one side of the room to the other by sliding—are in the service of a much greater illusion: that rock and roll still matters, that it can take you away from your dull daily cares, that it can transport you.