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. Continue reading

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! Continue reading

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, Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading