Announcing Two Special Events


As a young child in the 1950s, Bruce Springsteen saw Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, turned towards his mother and said, “I wanna be justlikethat.” It wasn’t until he was a teenager, however, that Springsteen took his first serious steps towards a life in music, during the summer of 1964 as the British Invasion began to transform U.S. popular culture. According to Peter Ames Carlin’s biography BRUCE, that summer Bruce used money earned from painting his aunt’s house to purchase an Continue reading

BOSS: Biannual Online Journal of Springsteen Studies

The inaugural issue of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies, the first periodic, peer-reviewed publication devoted exclusively to scholarly work on the music, writing, and performance of Bruce Springsteen has just been posted. 

We look forward to collaborating further with our friends at McGill in the future.

You can link to the new Journal here.

BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies

BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies is an open access academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. The first edition of BOSS will be published in late June, 2014 and the editors are currently soliciting papers for the second edition. BOSS provides a scholarly space for Springsteen Studies in the contemporary academy by publishing articles that examine the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that have influenced Springsteen’s music and shaped its reception. The editors of BOSS welcome broad interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to Springsteen’s songwriting, performance, and fan community, as well as studies that conform to specific disciplinary perspectives. Please submit articles between 15 and 25 pages that conform to The Chicago Manual of Style to by August 18th, 2014. Authors will be notified of acceptance by November, 2014 and the second issue of BOSS will be published in January, 2015.


Contact: Please address all queries to Jonathan D. Cohen (Managing Editor) at or visit BOSS’s website:

Born in the U.S.A. Turns 30

untitledBy Jane Murphy

Member of the Board of Directors Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection

It’s been 30 “years burning down the road” since the release of Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen’s seventh studio album, on June 4, 1984.

The album went on to become Springsteen’s most successful commercially, selling 15 million copies in the U.S. and 30 million worldwide. It became Continue reading

US Dates Announced

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced 15 new tour dates in the US starting with April 8 in Cincinnati, OH, on the heels of concerts in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Tickets on sale beginning Friday, February 14, in some markets.

4/8 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena On-sale 10am February 21 –

4/12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach On-sale 10am February 21 –

4/15 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena On-sale 10am February 21 –

4/17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena On-sale 10am February 15 –

4/19 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena On-sale 10am February 21 –

4/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center On-sale 10am February 14 –

4/24 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena On-sale 10am February 21 –

4/26 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood On-sale 10am February 15 –

4/29 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center On-sale 10am February 15 –

5/1 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre On-sale 10am February 15 –

5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz & Heritage Festival On-sale now –

5/6 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion On-sale 10am February 28 –

5/13 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center On-sale 10am February 14 –

5/14 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium On-sale 10am February 14 –

5/17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun On-sale 10am February 14 –

5/18 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun On-sale 10am February 14 –

We have ‘High Hopes’

We need your help.  With the new tour under way and the latest album in review, your help is needed in gathering reviews of shows and the album.

Please contact Melanie Paggioli at to discuss any magazine, newspaper or internet reviews you may have for submission.  Your assistance is, as always, greatly appreciated.


YOU’RE GONNA NEED BIGGER ENVELOPES (from our friends at Backstreets)

Announcing the Clarence Clemons Stamp Petition Drive      December 7, marks the  anniversary of Clarence Clemons’ final public appearance with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, at The Carousel House in Asbury Park, NJ,  filmed for Songs from The Promise. As performed that night, it may be a “Blue Christmas” without him — and Clarence remains the E Street Band member most closely tied to Christmas in our minds — but we want to celebrate the immense appreciation for all of the joy, soulfulness and inspiration that Clarence’s work has provided and will still provide for as long as there are Springsteen fans on this planet.

In that spirit, and contributing writer Shawn Poole are  co-sponsoring a  petition to have Big Man’s enduring legacy honored with a U.S. postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service has recently honored Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Lydia Mendoza in their Music Icons stamp series. With Clarence’s January 11 birthday and New Jersey’s first official “Clarence Clemons Day” also right around the corner, our goal is to get as many signatures as we can over the next month or so. When Clarence Clemons Day arrives, we’ll  present the signed petitions to the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.

Please click here to sign the petition. We welcome signatures from Clarence’s fans and friends all over the globe, but since we’re petitioning the U.S. Postal Service to create a stamp, the more U.S. citizens who sign, the better. After you sign, help spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, etc.  If even a fraction of Clarence’s many fans support this drive, it’s got a  shot. The Socrates of the Saxophone, the Kahuna of Surf and Soul, the Prince of Postage… let’s make it happen.

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle at 40


get-attachment Time has been good to The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen’s second studio album released on Nov. 5, 1973.

The record did not do well commercially, partly because of minimal promotion by CBS and partly because of the unclassified nature of the new album’s sound and structure. However, the record was well received critically, and its reputation as a classic continues to Continue reading

Facebook “friends”

We’ve finally launched our Facebook page!  “Like” us – spread the word… We are listed as “Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection”

It is our intention to post news items daily and to regularly post photos of items in the Collection.  Please let us know if there’s something special that you’d like to see photos of – we’ll be sure to post!