Bruce Springsteen Hosts SiriusXM Show, Dedicates ’41 Shots (American Skin)’ to the Memory of George Floyd and Protesters Across the United States


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On Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen hosted another edition of his Bruce Springsteen — From His Home to Yours series on his SiriusXM channel, E Street Radio.

The entire two-hour block of programming found The Boss at his most thoughtful, a curated list of politically charged songs chosen carefully in response to the May 25 police killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests going on throughout the United States.

At one point, Springsteen played his song “41 Shots (American Skin),” a song detailing the story of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed immigrant killed by the NYPD in 1999. The song was featured on Springsteen’s album High Hopes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDtwcpRdMmw

After airing the song on SiriusXM, Springsteen said the following:

“Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. That’s how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer’s knee buried into his neck. That’s a long time. That’s how long he begged for help and said he couldn’t breathe. The arresting officer’s response was nothing but silence and weight. Then he had no pulse. And still it went on…May he rest in peace.”

“As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. 100,000 plus citizens have died from COVID-19 with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House. As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. As of this broadcast, the country is on fire and in chaos.”

Here’s the above portion, in audio format, as shared to Springsteen’s social media channels:

Elsewhere during the program, as quoted by Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen spoke from the heart about the issues plaguing the country:

“We remain haunted, generation after generation, by our original sin of slavery,” he said prior to “Blind Willie McTell.” “It remains the great unresolved issue of American society. The weight of its baggage gets heavier with each passing generation. As of this violent, chaotic week on the streets of America, there is no end in sight.”

Springsteen has maintained a strong presence lately. Last Friday, he participated (remotely) in Dropkick Murphys’ special fundraising concert at an empty Fenway Park in Boston:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPeuMSizTU


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