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This Week in Music History: June 3-9 -- Springsteen Gets Political, Prince Becomes a Symbol, Left Eye Torches Mansion
- Posted on Jun 6th 2012 11:20AM by Aaron Brophy
Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. album is, and has always been, a big deal. The album had seven Top 10 singles in the U.S., a high water mark matched only by Michael Jackson's Thriller album.
More importantly, the album stirred up tremendous passions in Americans. Politicians like then-President Ronald Reagan and electoral adversary Walter Mondale would both try to claim the title song as their own in the lead-up to the pair's 1984 election battle. Springsteen endorsed neither candidate.
What they were missing about Born in the U.S.A. was the album, though full of danceable pop rock hits, wasn't about rah-rah patriotism, but was instead about the loss of American national pride and the deterioration of the working class' strength. Not quite Reagan's "Morning in America" shpiel.
Even back then Springsteen saw what's now clear -- there was a 99 percent, and there was a One percent -- and this album was for the 99.
To find out why Springsteen as well as 2 Live Crew, Prince, Alice Cooper and more made history this week, click to launch the gallery below.
- June 3, 1982: Graceland Becomes a Tourist Attraction
- June 4, 1984: Bruce Springsteen Released 'Born in the U.S.A.'
- June 5, 1977: Alice Cooper Involved in Rat-on-Snake Murder
- June 6, 1990: 2 Live Crew Declared Legally Obscene
- June 7, 1993: Prince Changes His Name to That Symbol Thingee
- June 8, 1989: Chrissie Hynde's Fiery Temperament
- June 9, 1994: Lisa Lopes' Fiery Temperament
- This Week in Music History: May 27 - June 2
- May 27, 1964: Students Suspended For Having 'Mick Jagger' Hair
- May 28, 1996: Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan Overdoses, Almost Dies
- May 29, 1997: Jeff Buckley Drowns
- May 30, 1989: Prince Releases 'Batdance' Single
- May 31, 1976/1977/1998: The Who Get Loud, Sex Pistols Get Banned, Ginger Spice Gets Out
- June 1, 1967: The Beatles Release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- June 2, 2005: Franz Ferdinand Singer is an International Super-Spy
- This Week in Music History: May 20-26
- May 20, 1998: Tommy Lee Goes to Jail
- May 21, 1982: Get on the Groovy Train -- Hacienda Club Opens
- May 22, 1989: Professor Griff Fired from Public Enemy
- May 23, 1991: 'Nevermind' Baby Swimming in Money
- May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan Was Born
- May 25, 1996 & 1975: Bradley Nowell of Sublime Died, Lauryn Hill Was Born
- May 26, 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Stay in Bed in Montreal
- This Week in Music History: May 13 - 19
- May 13, 2000: Shaun Ryder's Automobile Bellyaches
- May 14, 1998: Frank Sinatra, Chairman of the Board, Resigns Forever
- May 15, 1991/2000: Realness War -- Richey Edwards vs. Britney Spears
- May 16, 1966: Beach Boys Release 'Pet Sounds'
- May 17, 1987: Tom Petty's Full Moon Fire
- May 18, 1980: Joy Division's Ian Curtis Commits Suicide
- May 19, 1960: DJ Alan Freed Charged in Payola Scandal
- This Week in Music History: May 6 - 12
- May 6, 1994: Pearl Jam Versus Ticketmaster
- May 7, 1991: Ozzy Osbourne's Suicide Solution
- May 8, 1911: Blues Legend Robert Johnson Was Born
- May 9, 1979: Andrew W.K. Was Born
- May 10, 1985: The Go-Go's Break Up
- May 11, 1981: Bob Marley Dies
- May 12, 2008: Neil Young Has a Spider Named After Him
- This Week in Music History: April 29 - May 5
- April 29, 1967: Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Released
- April 30, 2005: Dave Matthews Band's Crappy Situation
- May 1, 1967: The FBI vs. The Beach Boys
- May 2, 1991: Ireland vs. R.E.M.
- May 3, 1986: Dollywood, The Dolly Parton Theme Park, Opens
- May 4, 1970: Four Dead in Ohio
- May 5, 1992: Radiohead Release Their First EP
- This Week in Music History: April 22 - 28
- April 22, 1969: The Who Debut 'Tommy' Live
- April 23, 1985: We Are the World Album Released
- April 24, 1990: Mother Do You Think They'll Dig Up the Bomb?
- April 25, 2002: And On the Tenth Anniversary, Left Eye Would Rise Again
- April 26, 1982 & 1994: Classic Rock Gunplay with Rod Stewart and Grace Slick
- April 27, 2006: Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Falls out of Tree
- April 28, 2003: iTunes Store Opens
- This Week in Music History: April 15 - 21
- April 15, 2001: Joey Ramone Died
- April 16, 1956: Buddy Holly Releases First Single
- April 17, 1964: FBI Closes Investigation Into "Louie Louie"
- April 18, 1984: Michael Jackson Has Surgery Post-"Pepsi Fire"
- April 19, 1988: Sonny Bono Becomes Mayor of Palm Springs
- April 20, 1992: A Concert for Life Freddy Mercury Tribute
- April 21, 1959: The Cure's Robert Smith was Born
- This Week in Music History: April 8 - 14
- April 8, 1994: Kurt Cobain Found Dead
- April 9, 1970: Paul McCartney Announces Beatles Breakup
- April 10, 1967: Marvin Gaye Records 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'
- April 11, 2006: Proof, Eminem's BFF and D12 Rapper, Shot Dead
- April 12, 2000: Metallica Sues Napster
- April 13, 1971: Rolling Stones Unveil Lips Logo
- April 14, 1980: Iron Maiden Release First Album