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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Bruce Springsteen

In 2016, Springsteen spoke about New Jersey, masculinity and wishing to be his stage persona: "People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy. ... I want to be that guy myself very often."

Interview
07:15

The Monks: A 'Transatlantic' Gambit Gone Awry

The Translantic Feedback, a documentary about an oddball band of American ex-GIs dressed up like monks and singing bitter songs, is out on DVD at last. Ed Ward explains the appeal of The Monks.

Commentary
37:42

Rainn Wilson, From 'Office' Drone To 'Rocker' Star

Twitchy undertaker, cubicle fiend, sassy convenience-store clerk — Rainn Wilson has long gravitated toward eccentric characters. But is The Office actor attempting the leap to sex symbol through his titular role in The Rocker? Given the hair-metal coif and the still-goofy humor, probably not.

Interview
07:35

Underground Russian Rock on Tour in U.S.

Fresh Air music critic Milo Miles reviews music from Russian rock group Auktyon. The band is currently on tour in the U.S. Auktyon, like some other Russian rock groups, found their footing during the censorship-free period of glasnost in the former Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev.

Review
20:47

From the Archives: Gene Simmons

Leader and bassist of the band Kiss, Gene Simmons. The band rose to prominence and popularity in the mid 1970s. They were known for their Halloweenish face paint, black-leather outfits, eight-inch platform heels and grandiose stage shows where Simmons spit out blood, belched fire, and stuck out his seven-inch tongue.

Interview
43:41

David Johansen, a Doll Again

Singer and musician David Johansen was the lead singer for 1970s pre-punk punk rock band New York Dolls. The band has recently reunited and has a new CD, One Day it Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Johansen is also known as Buster Poindexter, a pompadour- and tuxedo-wearing lounge lizard. This interview originally aired on Dec. 7, 2004.

Interview
18:09

Learning to Scream, on Cue and in Key

When rock singers want to learn how to use their voice without ruining their vocal chords, they often turn to Melissa Cross, otherwise known as the "Scream Queen." Cross teaches metal, punk and hardcore performers how to growl, bark, bellow — and scream. Cross, who is classically trained, has a new instructional DVD, The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed.

Interview

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