Bruce Springsteen has been keeping busy since the start of lockdown, teaming up with SiriusXM radio station to play some of his favourite tracks in an hour-long session. Now, with his latest episode, The Boss has dedicated the show to George Floyd.
The episode had a sombre feel to it, one that epitomises the mood of the western world right now following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin. Springsteen opened up his set with his track ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ from 2000 about the 1999 murder of Amadou Diallo by the New York Police Department—material that is still tragically relevant today.
“Eight minutes,” Springsteen said. “That song is almost eight minutes long. That’s how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer’s knee buried into his neck. That’s a long time. That’s how long he begged for help and said he couldn’t breathe. The arresting officer’s response was nothing but silence and weight. Then he had no pulse. And still, it went on… May he rest in peace.”
Springsteen also played tracks from Billie Holiday, Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Bob Marley and the Wailers and three numbers from Bob Dylan.
Springsteen said prior to playing Dylan’s ‘Blind Willie McTell‘: “We remain haunted, generation after generation, by our original sin of slavery.
“It remains the great unresolved issue of American society. The weight of its baggage gets heavier with each passing generation. As of this violent, chaotic week on the streets of America, there is no end in sight.”