Bruce Springsteen is the rare musician who transcends generations, equally at ease sharing the stage with Bob Dylan or Conor Oberst.
He led the call for President Bush's ouster from the White House two years ago, headlining the "Vote for Change" tour at several stops.
His social concern rings clear in songs like "American Skin," which followed the police shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York, and in his efforts on behalf of food banks, union workers and flood victims. Springsteen will play at the upcoming Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, the first since Hurricane Katrina.
In a recent interview with asap, the 56-year-old Springsteen discussed his new album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," which draws from the music of folk singer Pete Seeger. And he talked about a variety of other subjects, from his songwriting to his teen years.