Now I’ve heard everything, said Warner Todd Huston in the American Conservative Daily blog. The Fan Fare column of Reuters news service has decided that Bruce Springsteen, "one of the most anti-American rockers" around, helped bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War. Yes, Springsteen gave a “little concert” in East Berlin in 1988 that “did momentarily add to the zeitgeist of the times,” but what about Ronald Reagan’s hard work?
OK, so Reuters is exaggerating just a little, said Ethan Stanislawski in Prefixmag.com. But give Springsteen some credit. Unlike Reagan's "Tear down this wall" line, Springsteen called for bringing down the barriers from behind the Iron Curtain, where the message really needed to be heard.
To say that Springsteen deserves some credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall is an "oversimplification," said the blog No Expiration. But artists do “inspire people to move on their actions,” so who really knows? It’s possible that the Boss played a role.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How science is accelerating our search for alien life
- 6 tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
Subscribe to the Week