The Boss and Brubeck Get Honored

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It's about time somebody recognized the talents of Dave Brubeck and Bruce Springsteen and gave them some awards. OK, so the pair of musical titans isn't exactly lacking for recognition. But add another feather to each of their respective caps, because they will be among the five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. Expect the usual extensive coverage later this year on the eve of the ceremony -- including that long-awaited Post sit-down with the Boss??? (Good timing on that beat change, du Lac.) For now take a trip through the archives...

Matt Schudel's "Ambassador of Cool" article from last April documents Brubeck's 1958 trip to Eastern Europe, where he was on official State Department business and became the first U.S. jazz musician to perform behind the Iron Curtain. Also check out the accompanying audio/photo gallery. He played the Kennedy Center in June and, at 88 years old, gave a "warm and winning" performance.

As for Springsteen ... there have been a few things written about him in these parts. Here are J. Freedom's reviews of his last two shows (May 2009, Nov. 2007), his last two albums ("Working on a Dream," "Magic" and that Seeger Sessions concert that he mentioned in approximately 43% of the Freedom Rock chats. And, of course, the very extensive "Springsteen" category on this here blog.

Can't argue with either selection, although for some reason I really thought this was Carole King's year. Don't ask me why.

By David Malitz |  September 9, 2009; 1:16 PM ET Kennedy Center Honors , Springsteen
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I guess now we'll never know if anyone actually gets booed this year...

Posted by: Hemisphire | September 9, 2009 3:46 PM

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