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Steven Van Zandt keeps on rocking but avoids the p-word

This May 6, 2019 photo shows actor and musician Steven Van Zandt in New York. Van Zandt's new album "Summer of Sorcery," is a 12-track collection of original material. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — There’s plenty of rock on Steven Van Zandt’s first album of original material in 20 years. There’s also soul and funk and some mean horn solos.

What there isn’t plenty of is politics.

The bandana-wearing guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who in the past has never been shy about calling out politicians, has put aside partisanship in these divisive times.

Says Van Zandt: “We need a break every now and then.”

Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press