American Skin (41 Shots)

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"American Skin (41 Shots)"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album High Hopes
Released April 24, 2001 (original version)
January 14, 2014 (new version)
Format CD-R, CD
Recorded March 2, 2001 (original version)
March 2013 (new version)
Genre Rock
Length 5:14 (original version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s) Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Plotkin, Toby Scott
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Sad Eyes"
(1999)
"American Skin (41 Shots)"
(2001)
"The Rising"
(2002)
Music video
"American Skin (41 Shots)" on YouTube

"American Skin (41 Shots)" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen, inspired by the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo. It was written and premiered during the band's 1999–2000 reunion tour. Springsteen first performed it in concert in Atlanta on June 4, 2000, the final concert before the tour's final ten-show run at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where it was also featured. The performance led to some controversy in New York City, where the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association called for a boycott of Springsteen's shows.

The song was first released as a live version on the Live in New York City album. The same version appeared a few years later on The Essential Bruce Springsteen. In April 2001, a studio version of the song was released as a very rare U.S.-only one-track radio promotional single on CD-R.[1] A music video featuring the performance from the New York City show was released in 2001 and directed by Jonathan Demme.

It was played at several concerts in April 2012 on the Wrecking Ball Tour in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.[2][3][4] Springsteen performed the song on July 16, 2013, a few days following George Zimmerman's controversial not guilty verdict. It was again dedicated to Martin at the Limerick, Ireland, concert with Springsteen saying before the song "I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin".[5]

Springsteen released a studio version of the song, recorded in 2013, on his 2014 album, High Hopes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Album version]". Springsteenlyrics.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ Sean Daly, Times Pop Music Critic View all Articles. "Bruce Springsteen leads an anthemic celebration, honors 'the Big Man' at Tampa Bay Times Forum | Tampa Bay Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ Remnick, David. "Bruce and Trayvon: American Skin". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ The Official Bruce Springsteen Website (2013-07-17). "Notes from the road: Limerick - The Official Bruce Springsteen Website". Brucespringsteen.net. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity gossip, news, photos and more on MSN Entertainment". T.entertainment.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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