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[video] Taylor Swift Loves Bruce Springsteen, but Millennials Hate Him?

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A trio of articles got me thinking about music more than I normally do. And my baseline is quite high.

I Have Seen The Next Bruce Springsteen and Her Name is Taylor Swift (Me, TheStreet, Aug. 21, 2013)

The Incredible and Sad Tale of the VMAs (Carlton Wilkinson, TheStreet, Aug. 30, 2013)

Millennials Hate Bruce Springsteen (EJ Dickson, Salon, Aug. 30, 2013)

EJ Dickson's article addresses a question that has tormented me for the last 10 years and likely always will: Why Do Millennials Hate Bruce Springsteen? While I partially agree with Dickson's assessment of why (see her story at the link), she doesn't address, or even ask, an interesting, related question. This question ultimately butts up against the first two articles published at TheStreet.

Why do millennials hate Bruce Springsteen when so many millennial musicians -- from singer/songwriters to straight ahead rockers -- not only idolize, adore and look to The Boss for inspiration, but appear on stage with him and cover his songs? Seems to me that if the millennials making today's most popular and/or critically acclaimed music consider Bruce relevant and credible, the masses would naturally follow.

Because, make no mistake, it's a badass list of artists -- and older or younger acts who considerable numbers of millennials might like -- that express extreme affection for Springsteen.

Tegan and Sara, Dancing in the Dark

Vampire Weekend, I'm Going Down

Sara Bareilles, I'm on Fire

Gaslight Anthem w/ Bruce

Of course, Taylor Swift tells a great story about meeting Bruce at one of her shows. She has also covered Dancing in the Dark. (See both YouTubes in the first piece I link to in this article). These examples make up merely a fraction of a partial list.

I didn't even bring up Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Lady Antebellum, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Keane and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, who is now basically an unofficial member of The E Street Band. Don't forget, Rage covered Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad in 1997. So modern-day, mainstream affinity for Bruce is hardly a new phenomenon.

Just last month, I regret missing a show at one of LA's best venues, The Satellite, where a whole slew of indie bands spent a night covering Springsteen songs. I could go on all day with additional examples of Bruce's here-and-now relevance.

So what gives? It just doesn't make sense that the aforementioned names, not to mention dozens of others, can love Bruce yet their around-the-same-age counterparts "hate" him.

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