Springsteen Exhibit Comes to Freehold, New Jersey

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It is Bruce’s hometownMelissa Ziobro, a public history professor at Monmouth University, has curated an exhibit about Springsteen’s relationship with Freehold, New Jersey.  Read all about it at the Asbury Park Press.  Here is a taste:

The exhibit will be the largest drawn to date from the artifacts of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. The unveiling will coincide with the Boss’ 70th birthday (Sept. 23, 2019) as well as the centennial of Freehold Borough.

The items on display will include personal scrapbooks handmade by Springsteen’s mom, Adele Springsteen, to alternate album covers never before seen by the public. E Street Band drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez; early Springsteen manager Carl “Tinker” West; and “Born to Run” drummer Ernest “Boom” Carter are contributing oral histories for the exhibit.

Read the entire piece here.

Bruce Springsteen Talks Mental Health and Depression

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If you are a Bruce Springsteen fan, or someone who is interested in mental health struggles, I encourage you to read Michael Hainey’s piece at Esquire: “Beneath the Surface of Bruce Springsteen.”  Hainey got Springsteen to talk about some of his personal demons in a way that goes beyond what he wrote in his memoir Born to Run.  A taste:

Springsteen sighs. “I would go back to DNA. If you grow up in a household where people are refusing to take responsibility for their lives, chances are you’re gonna refuse. You’re gonna see yourself as a professional victim. And once that’s locked into you, it takes a lotta self-awareness, a lotta work to come out from under it. I’m shocked at the number of people that I know who fall into this category. And it has nothing to do with whether you’re successful or not. It’s just your baggage. So that’s important to communicate to your children: They have to take responsibility for who they are, their actions, what they do. They’ve got to own their lives.”

Is there, I ask, a code that you live by?

“I’ve never tried to articulate it, to be honest. The qualities that my mother has are ones that I’ve tried to foster in myself. So what do I say? Kindness, a certain kind of gentleness that’s girded by strength. Thoughtfulness, which is very difficult for a narcissist like myself to deliver on a daily basis. I’ve had to get around my own self-involvement, which is one of the natural characteristics of the artist. If I had to say something, I’d say, ‘I’m steadfast, honest, and true.’ ”

Read the entire piece here.

“Land of Hopes and Dreams”: Broadway (and Acoustic) Edition

It is certainly fitting that Bruce Springsteen would release this now.

It is a cut from his forthcoming album, Springsteen on Broadway.  It goes on sale on December 14, 2018.  Read more about it here.

Lyrics:

Grab your ticket and your suitcase, thunder’s rolling down this track
Well, you don’t know where you’re going now, but you know you won’t be back
Well, darling, if you’re weary, lay your head upon my chest
We’ll take what we can carry, yeah, and we’ll leave the rest

Well, big wheels roll through the fields where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you and I’ll stand by your side
You’ll need a good companion now for this part of the ride
Yeah, leave behind your sorrows, let this day be the last
Well, tomorrow there’ll be sunshine and all this darkness past

Well, big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams
Oh, meet me in a land of hope and dreams

Well, this train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls

I said, this train carries broken-hearted
This train, thieves and sweet souls departed
This train carries fools and kings Lord
This train, all aboard

I said, now this train, dreams will not be thwarted
This train, faith will be rewarded
This train, hear steel wheels singing
This train, bells of freedom ringing

Well, big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams
Oh, meet me in a land of hope and dreams

Fans Vote on Their Favorite Springsteen Women

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Three of the top Springsteen heroines (Mary, Wendy, & Terry) appear on the Born to Run album

Pete Chianca of Blogness on the Edge of Town blog recently asked Bruce Springsteen fans to name their favorite “iconic heroines” from the Boss’s song catalog.

Here are the top ten:

  1.  Mary (Thunder Road)
  2.  Rosie (Rosalita)
  3.  Wendy (Born to Run)
  4.  Sandy (Fourth of July, Asbury Park)
  5. Candy (Candy’s Room)
  6. Puerto Rican Jane (Incident on 57th Street)
  7. Bobby Jean (Bobby Jean)
  8. Sherry (Sherry Darling)
  9. Terry (Backstreets)
  10. Mary (The River)

Read the rest here.

Listen here:

https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify%3Auser%3Apchianca%3Aplaylist%3A1Jiza7n3kIf1giuNuwq4qU

Song of the Day

Because sometimes you just need to listen to Born to Run:

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you”–Augustine’s Confessions

American Lonesome

Lonesome BruceI just learned about Gavin Cologne-Brookes new study of Bruce Springsteen’s music, American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen.  LSU Press will publish it in November.

Here is a description from the LSU Press website:

American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen begins with a visit to the Jersey Shore and ends with a meditation on the international legacy of Springsteen’s writing, music, and performances. Gavin Cologne-Brookes’s innovative study of this popular musician and his position in American culture blends scholarship with personal reflection, providing both an academic examination of Springsteen’s work and a moving account of how it offers a way out of emotional solitude and the potential lonesomeness of modern life.

Cologne-Brookes proposes that the American philosophical tradition of pragmatism, which assesses the value of ideas and arguments based on their practical applications, provides a lens for understanding the diversity of perspectives and emotions encountered in Springsteen’s songs and performances. Drawing on pragmatist philosophy from William James to Richard Rorty, Cologne-Brookes examines Springsteen’s formative environment and outsider psychology, arguing that the artist’s confessed tendency toward a self-reliant isolation creates a tension in his work between lonesomeness and community. He considers Springsteen’s portrayals of solitude in relation to classic and contemporary American writers, from Frederick Doug-lass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson to Richard Wright, Flannery O’Connor, and Joyce Carol Oates. As part of this critique, he discusses the difference between escapist and pragmatic romanticism, the notion of multiple selves as played out both in Springsteen’s work and in our perception of him, and the impact of performances both recorded and live. By drawing on his own experiences seeing Springsteen perform—including on tours showcasing the album The River in 1981 and 2016—Cologne-Brookes creates a book about the intimate relationship between art and everyday life.

Blending research, cultural knowledge, and creative thinking, American Lonesome dissolves any imagined barriers between the study of a songwriter, literary criticism, and personal testimony.

Song of the Day #2

Can’t get through a day like this without listening to “The Rising.”  I’ve written a lot about this song (and the album by the same name) over the years.  I’ve always seen it as a song about vocation.

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
Make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile of line

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
I was wearin’ the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin’ down here

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li

There’s spirits above and behind me

Faces gone black, eyes burnin’ bright
May their precious blood bind me
Lord, as I stand before your fiery light

Li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li

I see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There’s holy pictures of our children
Dancin’ in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin’ on the end of my line

Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of life)
Your burnin’ wind fills my arms tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of life)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed life

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li – li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li, li…

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Springsteen and the E Street Band in Chicago (September 1999)

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Just released.  Get it here.

  • SET ONE

  • 1.TAKE ‘EM AS THEY COME

    • 05:18
  • 2.THE TIES THAT BIND

    • 03:52
  • 3.THE PROMISED LAND

    • 06:04
  • 4.ADAM RAISED A CAIN

    • 05:30
  • 5.TWO HEARTS

    • 03:44
  • 6.ATLANTIC CITY

    • 06:36
  • 7.MANSION ON THE HILL

    • 04:37
  • 8.INDEPENDENCE DAY

    • 06:03
  • 9.YOUNGSTOWN

    • 06:31
  • 10.MURDER INCORPORATED

    • 06:18
  • 11.BADLANDS

    • 06:55
  • 12.OUT IN THE STREET

    • 06:57
  • 13.TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

    • 19:12
  • 14.JANEY DON’T YOU LOSE HEART

    • 04:14
  • 15.SHE’S THE ONE

    • 08:00
  • 16.THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

    • 05:58
  • 17.NEW YORK CITY SERENADE

    • 10:47
  • 18.LIGHT OF DAY

    • 13:11
  • FIRST ENCORE

  • 1.HUNGRY HEART

    • 04:55
  • 2.BOBBY JEAN

    • 04:19
  • 3.BORN TO RUN

    • 07:56
  • SECOND ENCORE

  • 1.THUNDER ROAD

    • 06:40
  • 2.IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND

    • 06:32
  • 3.LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

    • 10:32
  • 4.RAMROD

What is Coming After *Springsteen on Broadway*?

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The rumors are circulating.  Here is Pete Chianca at Blogness on the Edge of Town:

But now, there are finally stirrings. First off, the very alert folks over at Greasy Lake yesterday made a monumental discovery on “Wrecking Ball” producer Ron Aniello’s Instagram story. (That’s like regular Instagram, but it’s more temporary, sort of like Snapchat, and … Oh, just ask your teenage daughter to explain it to you.)

Yes, that’s Mighty Max Weinberg in Bruce’s Colts Neck, N.J., studio, which would seem to be a strong clue that there’s new material that’s reached the recording stages — and that Springsteen Inc. is OK with Aniello advertising that fact. There’s even a snippet of Max playing. Of course, Patti is supposedly working on another solo album (it said so in the Playbill!), so these sessions could be associated with that project. And there’s also been buzz that it could concern material for an upcoming “Nebraska”/“Born in the USA” box set, which would be pretty cool in its own right. Regardless,we can dream.

Read Chianca’s entire post here.

“Springsteen on Broadway” is Coming to Netflix

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Playbill reports:

Springsteen on Broadway, which earned music icon Bruce Springsteen a 2018 Special Tony Award, will be filmed and released as a Netflix special. The show will land on the streaming service December 15—the day of the extended engagement’s final show.

The show, part concert and part storytelling event, was captured during two added invite-only performances July 17 and 18.

Springsteen on Broadway opened in October at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which, at less than 1,000 seats, is one of the most intimate venues the musician has played. The show received acclaim from critics and theatregoers alike and routinely earns a spot as a box-office frontrunner.

Built around Springsteen’s 2016 memoir Born to Run, the engagement is billed as a solo show but frequently features a guest appearance by Springsteen’s wife and fellow musician Patti Scialfa.

“The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete,” said Jon Landau, manager to Springsteen, in a statement. “In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience. Ted Sarandos and the entire company’s support has been a perfect match for Bruce’s personal commitment to the filmed version of Springsteen on Broadway.”