Tom Morello, the Nightwatchman, at the Allen Room

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There is a direct line of descent from Woody Guthrie through Bruce Springsteen to Tom Morello, the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, whose alter ego, the Nightwatchman, is a militant left-wing acoustic folkie.

While watching Mr. Morello’s Nightwatchman concert on Saturday evening at the Allen Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, I fantasized how it might have been received were the year 1968, envisioning a fired-up audience pouring out onto the streets around Columbus Circle, ready for battle.