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 just…like…that.” 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.
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
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
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.
(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.