Announcing Two Special Events

FRIENDS OF THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SPECIAL COLLECTION AND MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE TWO SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER, CELEBRATING “FIFTY YEARS OF MAKIN’ THIS GUITAR TALK” AND “ROCK AND ROLL FUTURE”’S 65TH BIRTHDAY WITH AUTHORS, SCHOLARS AND FILMMAKER THOM ZIMNY

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 $18 acoustic guitar, a copy of 100 Greatest American Folk Songs and then “committed himself to mastering the instrument.”

Fifty years have passed since that fateful summer, and Bruce Springsteen is now one of popular music’s most beloved, significant and enduring artists. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, as well as Springsteen’s 65th birthday on September 23, The Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and Monmouth University are pleased to announce two very special events.

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On Saturday, September 20, from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., the Friends and Monmouth University will sponsor a unique Springsteen-themed forum entitled Fifty Years of “Makin’ This Guitar Talk, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s first major steps towards becoming a professional musician. The “Fifty Years Forum” will be held on the University’s campus in West Long Branch, NJ, the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, in conjunction with the university’s gallery-exhibition entitled Glory Bound: Photographs by Barry Schneier (featuring photos from the 1974 concert that inspired Jon Landau to write his famous column proclaiming, “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”)

The structure of the forum will be centered around a series of moderated panel discussions on various Springsteen-related topics, allowing the audience to hear from and interact with a variety of authors and scholars.

Jim Beviglia, Author, Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

Kenneth Campbell, Monmouth University, Author, “Bruce Springsteen, Songs From The Rising, Introduction” to be published in Western Civilization in a Global Context: The Modern Age – Sources and Documents

Jonathan D. Cohen, University of Virginia, Managing Editor, BOSS: The Bi-Annual Online Journal of Springsteen Studies

Donna M. Dolphin, Monmouth University, Contributor, Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream and Associate Producer, Asbury Park Musical Memories Part 1

Stan Goldstein, Co-Author, Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore and Blogger, NJ.com

Jean Mikle, Co-Author, Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore and Contributor, Asbury Park Press

Marianne Murawski, Stockton College/University of Phoenix, Contributor, Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul

Christopher Phillips, Editor/Publisher, Backstreets Magazine & Backstreets.com and Co-Editor, Talk About A Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

Shawn Poole, Contributor, Backstreets Magazine & Backstreets.com

Holly Cara Price, Contributor, Huffington Post and BruceSpringsteen.net

Linda K. Randall, Author, Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community & Meaning Among Springsteen Fans and adjunct faculty member at SUNY’s Empire State College

Barry Schneier, Photographer, Monmouth University Exhibition – Glory Bound – Photographs by Barry Schneier

Special Group Panel of Authors and Co-Publishers of the forthcoming anthology Trouble In The Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen – Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Mark Krajnak, James Petersen and Chuck Regan

William I. Wolff, Rowan University, Contributor, BOSS: The Bi-Annual Online Journal of Springsteen Studies

Azzan Yadin-Israel, Rutgers University, Course Designer/Instructor, Bruce Springsteen’s Theology


The agenda is as follows:

9:50-10:00  Welcome/Introduction Melanie Paggioli, Executive Director, Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection Brief Video Presentation
David Wilson, Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection

10:00-10:40  PANEL-DISCUSSION: Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Songs
Jim Beviglia, Kenneth Campbell, Jean Mikle

10:45-11:25  PANEL-DISCUSSION: Bruce Springsteen’s Evolving Relationship with His Audience(s)
Stan Goldstein, Christopher Phillips, Holly Cara Price, Linda Randall, Barry Schneier

11:30-12:10  PANEL-DISCUSSION: Studying Springsteen – New, Exciting Springsteen-Related Academic Projects (special panel of those with projects of this type)
Jonathan D. Cohen, William I. Wolff, Azzan Yadin-Israel

12:10- 12:40  Meet and Greet, book signing

12:40-1:20  LUNCH with musical selections by students of Monmouth University: Connor Healey, Kellan Brennan & Josh Manning and The Trusties

1:20-2:00  PANEL-DISCUSSION: Bruce Springsteen & Live Performance
Stan Goldstein, Jean Mikle, Christopher Phillips, Holly Cara Price

2:05-2:45 PANEL-DISCUSSION: Springsteen, Theology, Spirituality, Community, the Social Gospel & the Hurt Song
Donna M. Dolphin, Marianne Murawski, Shawn Poole, Linda K. Randall, Azzan Yadin-Israel

2:50-3:30  PANEL-DISCUSSION: Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen (special panel of people involved with this soon-to-be-released anthology)
Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Mark Krajnak, James Petersen, Chuck Regan

3:30  Adjournment/Closure; Additional book signings and meet/greet

Our Moderators are as follows:
Tom Cunningham – Host of the weekly program – The Bruce Brunch on 105.7 The Hawk
Kathy Dzielak, former Entertainment Editor – Asbury Park Press
Chris Jordan – Contributor, Asbury Park Press
Melanie Paggioli, Executive Director – Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection
Rich Russo- Host of the weekly syndicated program – Anything, Anything

 

Tickets for this event, priced at only $10 per person (as of 9/16/14 the combo ticket and lunch are no longer available) and can be purchased at Monmouth University’s box-office, by phone at 732-263-6889 or online at the University’s ticketing website are on sale. All ticket-sale proceeds will benefit Monmouth University and Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.

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(photo courtesy of Jo Lopez Photography/Bohemian Jo, LLC)

On the evening of Tuesday, September 23, in celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s 65th birthday, Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and Monmouth University will present An Evening With Thom Zimny. This event will take place beginning at 7 p.m. inside Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, the home of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.

Thom Zimny has served as Bruce Springsteen’s film/video archivist and collaborator since 2001. During that time, Zimny has produced, directed and/or edited many of Springsteen’s award-winning music-videos, concert films and documentaries, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City, Live in Barcelona, Wings For Wheels – The Making of Born To Run, Hammersmith Odeon London ’75, Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band Live in Dublin, London Calling – Live in Hyde Park, The Promise – The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, music-videos for “Radio Nowhere”, “A Night With The Jersey Devil”, “The Wrestler”, “Dream Baby Dream”, “High Hopes” and the recently released short film Hunter of Invisible Game (co-directed with Springsteen himself.)

For this unique celebratory evening, Zimny is “digging deep” into the Springsteen film/video archives for a rare big-screen presentation. He’ll be bringing some treats from the vault and showing all of his selections with high-quality visuals and sound using Pollak Theatre’s state-of-the-art projection system. Suffice it to say that if you are a Springsteen fan, you won’t want to miss this special night.

Tickets for this event, priced at only $20 per person, can be purchased at Monmouth University’s box-office, by phone at 732-263-6889 or online at the University’s ticketing website. The combo ticket is no longer available.  All ticket-sale proceeds will benefit Monmouth University and Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.

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 Springsteenstudies@gmail.com 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 Springsteenstudies@gmail.com or visit BOSS’s website: http://boss.mcgill.ca/.

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 – ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 melaniepaggioli@gmail.com 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, Backstreets.com 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!

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