His city’s in ruins

Springsteen Documents 9/11’s Heroes
The events of Sept. 11 have found their way into Bruce Springsteen’s latest album.
The CD, “The Rising,” features 15 songs that are influenced by the terror attacks, offering individual stories from all sides. It is Springsteen’s first studio recording with the E Street Band in 15 years.
The singer-songwriter who has championed the daily lives of blue-collar workers naturally gravitated toward the heroes that emerged among police officers and firefighters.
“I felt that I saw nobility in people,” he told The New York Times on Sunday. “Not the kind you read in the story books, but the kind where people go in to work every day, they come home every day and dinner’s on the table every day … These are the people that I want to write about.
“After the 11th, I think one of the things people were shocked at was that that was alive in some fashion. I think that we live in a particular pop culture moment, that there’s a theater of humiliation on TV and on the radio, a reflection of self-loathing. I don’t think anyone could imagine these sacrifices.”
The CD is due for release July 30. Other Springsteen albums include “Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Tunnel of Love” and “Nebraska.”