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Bruce Springsteen's New Album 'Angriest Yet,' Rocks For Economic Justice

Bruce Springsteen

First Posted: 01/13/12 09:33 AM ET Updated: 01/13/12 09:54 AM ET

The Boss has your back.

Bruce Springsteen, the blue collar poet laureate who has spent much of his forty year career singing about and for the working class men and women he grew up with in New Jersey, is said to have recorded a new album with the E Street Band that focuses squarely on the hard times being felt nationwide.

"He gets into economic justice quite a bit," a source with knowledge of the upcoming album told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's very rock'n' roll. He feels it's the angriest album he's ever made. Bear in mind, though, that [Springsteen] wrote and recorded the majority of the album before the Occupy movements started, so he's not just setting headlines to music."

Though he has not played an active part in the protests that broke out last fall, Springsteen has long emphasized the struggle for economic fairness in his songs.

In his song "Badlands," the lead track on his classic 1978 album "Darkness on the Edge of Town," he sang, "Poor men wanna be rich/ rich men wanna be kings/ And a king aint satisfied till he rules everything."

On the title track of 1995's album "The Ghost of Tom Joad," which was named after a character in John Steinbeck's Great Depression book "The Grapes of Wrath," Springsteen sang, "Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge/ Shelter line stretchin' round the corner/ Welcome to the new world order/ Families sleepin' in their cars in the southwest/ No home no job no peace no rest."

For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |