Solidarity Forever! Springsteen Says Wal-Mart Deal a “Mistake”


During Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance, the New York TimesHarvey Araton suggests, it would be great if the working-class hero went “rogue” and “rails against — oh, I don’t know — offensive Wall Street bonuses, $18.4 billion worth.” If he’s really feeling proletarian, maybe The Boss will start by railing against himself.

Springsteen is expressing regret for the deal that gave Wal-Mart exclusive rights to sell his new greatest-hits compilation CD. The mega-retailer is despised by the labor-conscious, and Bruce has been getting some flak from lefties who think the Ghost of Tom Joad auteur ought to have been more sensitive to his less-fortunate brothers and sisters (“Way to support solidarity and the unions, Bruce,” groused La Figa).

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Springsteen reportedly tells an interviewer that the Wal-Mart deal “was a mistake. Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be.”

Apparently Bruce stopped short of offering to contribute his share of the loot to the AFL-CIO, but maybe he can do that in the middle of Sunday’s performance. (Assuming, of course, that the Teamsters let him onstage.)


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 30, 2009

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