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Broken Freedom Song - Live from San Francisco

Kris Kristofferson

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For his performance at San Francisco’s Gershwin Theater on July 19, 2002, Kris Kristofferson drew on songs from all phases of his storied career. Still, it’s impossible to ignore the context for this live album, or the implication of its title. September 11th was still fresh in the public’s mind, and Kristofferson was exactly the kind of wise and grounded voice that music fans were looking toward in the midst of upheaval. Freedom has been a perennial theme in Kristofferson’s art and there’s no question that the turmoil of 2001 left its mark on him. Both “Broken Freedom Song” and “What About Me” find Kristofferson questioning the values that have guided his life since the ‘60s. The concert includes renditions of some of Kristofferson’s most touching love songs (“Moment of Forever,” “Road Warrior’s Lament”) but the political themes of “The Circle,” “Sandinista” and “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down” are felt especially hard in this setting. Even Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Nobody Wins” takes on a new meaning in light of the impending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: “Cause it's a shame to make / The same mistakes again / And again / It's over / Nobody wins.”

Customer Reviews

Wow. I was not expecting this.

This is fantastic music. Very personal and raw. Not cookie-cutter. Not production house polished. This is for those that like variety. I wasn't expecting to download a KKristofferson album when I came across this. Hearing a sample, I got excited at what I heard... Let me tell you, it is FAR better than I even expected. The only way it could be better is if it had more music in this style.

Still Great After All These Years

Kris Kristofferson has been a favorite of mine for over 40 years. This recent album of his shows why he is a living legend.

Surpassed only by seeing Kris live.

This is an excellent album - raw, unfettered by technology. Some songs are well-known some less so, but all evidence that Kris Kristofferson is perhaps one of America's finest poets. I saw him play this set live, and this album nearly captures the power and emotion of that experience.


Born: June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After a lengthy period of struggle, Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions...
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