TCC Reads: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen‘s new memoir, Born to Run, has been a welcome distraction from this dispiriting political season. He’s a better songwriter than memoirist, but man does he have a story to tell. More in America: Praying With Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen grew up in a Catholic immigrant community, more on that experience in our book. Listen to one of his Catholic songs & more after the jump:

TCC Video: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize by Bruce Springsteen

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“I’ve got my hand on the Gospel plow.”

On the album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Bruce Springsteen covers the American hymn and Civil Rights anthem, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.” Listen and watch him speak about his Catholic faith with Stephen Colbert after the jump:

TCC Playlist: Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

Pope Francis is now in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Listen to Bruce Springsteen sing “Streets of Philadelphia” from the film Philadelphia about a man suffering from AIDS. Bruce Springsteen was raised Catholic and credits Flannery O’Connor as an influence. Listen and see the video after the jump:

TCC Playlist: Mary Queen of Arkansas by Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen was raised Catholic. He’s said of his roots, “It’s like Al Pacino in ‘The Godfather’: I try to get out, but they pull you back in! Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Influenced by Flannery O’Connor, and the imagery of his Catholic childhood, Springsteen writes songs about sin, temptation, forgiveness, life, death, hope, love, brotherhood, and injustice. His songs describe a world that is both broken and redeemed. We recommend “Mary Queen of Arkansas” from his first album. Listen to it after the jump: