Bruce Springsteen admits his new album - inspired by the US financial crisis - contains a lot of anger, but he reckons his best work is about "measuring the difference between American reality and the American Dream".
Wrecking Ball, which sets out to do just that, is released today and is Album Of The Day here on BBC 6 Music. It was launched in Paris a few weeks ago where The Boss hosted a rare Q and A with reporters to discuss the themes of the album, what inspires him and how he feels about President Obama - having campaigned for him to be elected.
Springsteen also described losing legendary E Street band saxophonist and long time friend Clarence Clemons, who died last June. "It was like losing something elemental," he explained. "It's like losing the rain, the air. Something's going to be missing, you know."
Listen to some of the highlights here:
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