(HuffPo) — Bruce Springsteen said this week that his new albumWrecking Ball was inspired by an “angry patriotism” that drew fuel from the Occupy movement.
Speaking to a group of journalists at the Theatre Marigny in Paris, Springsteen described how the financial crisis, income inequality, and other hot-button political issues informed Wrecking Ball, which paints a picture of an America that has failed the working class.
“My work has always been about judging the distance between American reality and the American Dream–how far is that at any given moment,” Springsteen said. Judging by the album’s tenor, he believes the gap has only become wider in recent years.
In one song, “Easy Money,” a down-on-his luck protagonist goes on a robbing spree out of desperation. “He’s imitating your guys on Wall Street the only way he knows how,” Springsteen said.
In a later interview with The Guardian, Springsteen delved into detail about the current state of American politics, crediting the Occupy movement for shifting America’s focus to the country’s real economic problems.