The New Issue: The Future of Music (A 40th Anniversary Special)

October 31, 2007 6:28 PM ET

On stands Friday, we present the third installment of Rolling Stone's Fortieth Anniversary retrospective. This time around, we talk to some of the biggest names in music, film, politics and science to discuss the current state of the nation, and the future outlook for the world. We also let twenty-one cutting-edge musicians muse about what they think the future of music holds. Throughout the week, we'll reveal exclusive features from the magazine, including audio excerpts and an in-depth look into the weird and wacky Indie Rock Universe. First up, we have exclusive audio clips (and a full-text interview) from Bono, who grapples with the question "If you could only pursue U2 or activism, which would it be?"

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Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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