03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Brokaw & Bruce: Springsteen on the Sixties

More from "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw's documentary, "1968" on the History Channel tonight, based on his latest book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the Sixties and Today. Here he interviews Bruce Springsteen, who explains how the music of the 60s is "in my body, it's in my soul - it will never leave" and his own sound was influenced by 60s acts like the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Animals....and Bob Dylan:

"I've met Bob Dylan a few times. He said, 'Hey man, let me know if there's anything I can ever do for you.' Anything you can ever do for me? It's been done."

Watch the clip below, followed by Brokaw's description of the hippie-infested Haight-Ashbury area of 60s San Francisco, which he observed from a distance as a young tie-wearing square. Aw. No free love for Tom! We do, however, know from his book that he wasn't a total square: "Yes, I smoked a little pot. I even inhaled." Groovy, man. Tune in and turn on at 9 p.m. tonight!

See Jon Stewart talking about the influence of the Smothers Brothers here and watch the "1968" trailer here.