Special Collection Featured on the Camille Conte Show

The Camille Conte Show, a unique internet radio program, recorded and archived its live “pre-show” broadcast from the lobby of Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre on September 23, 2014, leading up to our special event An Evening With Thom Zimny. The entire recording can be heard by clicking here.

Click here to hear Camille Conte’s archived September 23, 2014 interview with Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection board member (and Backstreets Magazine/Backstreets.com contributor) Shawn Poole. The interview was pleasantly interrupted by Thom Zimny’s soundcheck inside Pollak Theatre.

Click here to hear Camille Conte’s archived September 18, 2014 interview with Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection Executive Director Melanie Paggioli, discussing the Collection and our two special events at Monmouth University in September 2014.

To learn more about The Camille Conte Show, click here.

New e Book by June Skinner Sawyers

“Workingman” explores the faith-based politics of Bruce Springsteen

New e-book examines the roots of Bruce Springsteen’s political lyrics.

Bruce Springsteen is widely regarded as a working-class hero. At the start of his career, Springsteen stuck to his working-class upbringing and could hardly speak, much less about politics, without his guitar in hand. Yet in recent years he has become quite outspoken, particularly on the discrepancy between the American Dream and American Reality. In the newly released e-book Workingman, June Skinner Sawyers traces the evolution of Springsteen’s beliefs, beginning with his childhood and ending with his recent albums, the hard copies of his convictions.

Sawyers follows his life, examining his albums and a variety of influences, especially his Catholic upbringing and his family life, to show how he became an outspoken icon for working-class America. Contrary to appraisals that portray him as just a romantic liberal, Workingman argues that Springsteen is an authentic voice of proletarian America in his ability to capture the essence of their struggles.

Now and Then Reader, an e-book publisher, has released Workingman on  exclusively on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple iTunes iBookstore.

June Skinner Sawyers has written and lectured extensively on Springsteen. Her work appears in Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (Penguin), Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs (Omnibus Press), Reading the Boss: The Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen (Lexington Books), and the DVD Bruce Springsteen Under Review 1978-1982. She is a member of the advisory board of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies.

 

Another Fantastic Birthday Celebration!

Before we move into summaries of the 65th birthday events, we’d like to thank you, our “friends” and members for your overwhelming support at our birthday events this year.  Whether you were physically with us or were just with us in spirit, your enthusiasm for all things “Friends” and Bruce Springsteen makes our little world a better place.  Special thanks to Monmouth University, the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, for co-sponsoring the events and for its continuing support of  the Friends’ efforts.  So, on behalf of the Board, a sincere thank you – and start planning for a trip to “the Swamps of Jersey” next year!

A Conversation with Thom Zimny – September 23, 2014

The Friends were fortunate to host director and archivist Thom Zimny for a conversation about his collaboration with Springsteen on Sept. 23, 2014 at Monmouth University, an event that benefitted the Friends’ group as well as celebrated Springsteen’s 65th birthday.

The event, “An Evening With Thom Zimny,” was a rare treat for more than 300 Springsteen fans in attendance. Zimny gave the crowd first-ever peeks at video footage from Springsteen’s personal archive shown on the big screen using the Pollak Theatre’s state-of-the-art sound system. For more than a decade, Zimny has collaborated with Springsteen on a series of films including “Wings to Wheels: The Making of ‘Born To Run,’” which won a Grammy he shares with Springsteen.

Zimny began with a clip from 1976 or 1977 that he happened upon just two months ago featuring an early E Street band singing “Happy Birthday” to Springsteen complete with a cake in the shape of a guitar.

In conversation with Chris Phillips, President of the Friends and Editor of Backstreets and emcee for the evening, Zimny said that his role as director, collaborator and film archivist for Springsteen “just organically happened.” It started with his work on “Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band: Live in New York City” and continued with the Born to Run 30th anniversary boxset and “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town” released in 2010. He has produced, directed and/or edited every music video, concert film and documentary that Springsteen has been involved in over the past 14 years. This summer, a music video for the song “Hunter of Invisible Game” was released with Zimny and Springsteen sharing co-directing credits.

Some of what Zimny showed was well-known to fans but great to see on a movie-theatre screen with great surround sound. “The Night of the Jersey Devil” and the “Dream, Baby, Dream” fan tribute video that was posted on Springsteen’s website at the end of the last tour are examples of this. The rareties from “The Vault” featured a 16-minute-long “New York City Serenade” with David Sancious on piano and Vini Lopez on percussion from 1973, which was immediately followed by a standing ovation for Lopez, who was in attendance.

There were two from 1975: one of Danny Federici playing accordion for Bruce; and a “Kitty’s Back” in black and white. An early version of “Raise Your Hand” from the Barry Rebo-shot practice sessions that are featured on “The Promise” video was included. Two other early highlights were “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” performed at Max’s Kansas City in 1972 and “Mountain of Love” from New Year’s Eve 1975 at the Tower Theater with the whole band except Springsteen wearing white tuxedos and top hats.

Two unseen Zimny recent edits were “The Price You Pay,” live and in color, from the concert in Cork, Ireland in 2013 showing Springsteen granting the sign request of a longtime fan named Derek who had been following Springsteen literally for the whole tour; and a pro-shot “Apollo Medley” from the Apollo Theatre with a Bob Clearmountain remix. Zimny also indulged in a big-screen showing of the recently released “Hunter of Invisible  Game” video.

During the course of reflecting on each clip, Zimny confessed, “You don’t have a clue about what he is going to throw at you next” when working with Springsteen. “… With Bruce there is always a surprise.”

Zimny talked about directing Springsteen in “Jersey Devil,” the first time he actually took on a character; about collaborating with him on “Hunter” and the various interpretations and references the music video contains; and about what it’s like working as both a fan and a filmmaker.
Jane Murphy, Board Member

THE “FIFTY YEARS” FORUM – A VIDEO OVERVIEW

As “An Evening with Thom Zimny” demonstrated so powerfully, film and video can be storytelling media just as effective as words, and often more effective. With that in mind, we are pleased to provide links to some excellent brief video documentaries about our September 20, 2014 forum, Fifty Years of “Makin’ This Guitar Talk.” These mini-documentaries were produced by our friends at Monmouth University, which houses The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and co-sponsored this forum with us.

The forum celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s first major steps towards becoming a lifelong musician in the summer of 1964 (as related on pages 22-24 of Peter Ames Carlin’s biography BRUCE.) Approximately 200 participants gathered to interact with an impressive lineup of authors and scholars in a series of panel-discussions on Springsteen’s music and its enduring impact . Click here for our complete archived listing of the forum’s panels, panelists and moderators.

And before watching Monmouth University’s videos, check out this officially released Springsteen video edited by Thom Zimny, with some moving words from the man himself on his fiftieth anniversary of “makin’ this guitar talk” and what it still means to him (and us) today:

Bruce Springsteen – “This Hard Land” live in Kilkenny, Ireland – July 28, 2013

Fifty Years of “Makin’ This Guitar Talk”: September 20, 2014

 Fifty Years of “Makin’ This Guitar Talk”: Student Performers

Shawn Poole, Board Member and co-organizer of the birthday events

 

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   and can be purchased at Monmouth University’s box-office, by phone at 732-263-6889 or online at the University’s ticketing website until 5:00 PM September 19 – Ticket sales will be conducted at the door on September 20 – CASH ONLY. 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.