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Bruce Springsteen is not just a musician with an extraordinary body of work. He’s also a born performer. Sony Music

Under the influence of … working class rocker Bruce Springsteen

It is more than just his music that has made Bruce Springsteen one of the world's most influential rock stars. His progressive politics has made him the voice for many people around the world.
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014. Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa

Under the influence of … the Black Consciousness novel ‘Amandla’

A South African novel, published in 1980 and dealing with the Soweto student uprising four years earlier, still provides lessons for students today.
The cover art of ‘Bitches Brew’ by Mati Klarwein. Artist's website

Under the influence of … Miles Davis’ electric masterpieces

‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘Live-Evil’, two albums from Miles Davis’ electric period, have more than musicological significance. They challenge the listener to think beyond aesthetics and form.

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