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Led Zeppelin | 1975

Although titled "Kashmir," the Led Zeppelin song was inspired by a car ride though Southern Morroco rather than the aforementioned northwestern region of India. In fact, Jimmy Page once admitted to William Burroughs that the Zeps hadn't actually visited the locale. "None of us have been to Kashmir. It’s just that we’ve all been very involved in that sort of music. I’m very involved in ethnic music from all over the world." In the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mark Ratner boldly forgoes the advice of Mike Damone, by playing "Kashmir" instead of "Side one of Led Zeppelin IV," when it "comes down to making out" with a young lady.

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“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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