Old men paying (& paid) tribute

News from the Fork today delivers two items of note. First, Bruce Springsteen's ode to Pete Seeger receives a heaping of praise from one writer I trust, Amanda Petrusich. The album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, drops tomorrow on CD and in a month on vinyl. I'm picking up the disc tomorrow mostly due to this one nugget from the review (my emphasis added): "The resulting collection happily drowns out echoes of Springsteen's underwhelming recent efforts, and just might be the very best -- and loudest, and most inspiring -- album Bruce has produced in more than a decade." Viva la rock, Bruce! After I've had a chance to digest the album, I'll post a Seeger "original" and Springsteen cover for comparison purposes.

In other news, there's a Leonard Cohen tribute film set to drop in late June that was funded by, gulp, Mel Gibson. I know what you're thinking ... how many Jewish men does Gibson plan to lionize in his lifetime? Wim Wenders calls this film "one of the greatest music films of all time." And of course, Bono and U2 pop up throughout the film, which is part documentary, part concert footage from an Aussie tribute to Cohen that featured Antony & the Johnsons, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, the Wainwrights, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family (?!), Linda Thompson, and others. I suppose those of us in Champaign-Urbana will have to wait until August or September to see the flick.

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