Monmouth University named official archival center for Bruce Springsteen’s works and memorabilia

Monmouth University today announced a new collaborative partnership to establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Through the collaboration, Monmouth University becomes the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The announcement was made during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held this evening at the University’s Pollak Theatre.

The new collaboration broadens an existing relationship between Springsteen and Monmouth University, which has served as the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music will preserve and promote the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others. The expanded partnership will help to more deeply integrate the history and inspiration of American music into the curriculum and research experience at Monmouth. It will also serve to bolster an already highly successful music industry program at the university, one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum.

“Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “Our partnership has been a natural one -- just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the site where Born to Run was written, Monmouth University’s location brilliantly captures the essence of Springsteen’s music while providing the academic heft of one of only nine university affiliates of the GRAMMY Museum. The establishment of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music, while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”

Bruce on WTF with Marc Maron

Marc Maron leaves the cozy confines of his garage and heads to New Jersey to talk with Bruce Springsteen for a new episode of his WTF Podcast. Just two Jersey guys hanging out, talking about dads, depression, fear, fulfillment and the future. Bruce tells Marc how and why he constructed "Bruce Springsteen" and what he's learned about the struggle we all go through to become who we really are. Listen to the episode here.

Merry Christmas, baby!

Live.BruceSpringsteen.net has got one more from the archives: the tour-closer from the “Working On A Dream” Tour on Nov. 22, 2009 in Buffalo includes a complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and several rarities. This was Clarence Clemons’ last show with the E Street Band.

‘Born to Run’ audiobook out now

Bruce Springsteen narrates the audiobook edition of his critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Born to Run. Simon & Schuster Audio published the 18-hour-long audiobook on December 6, 2016. In addition to his narration, Springsteen recorded musical transitions for the audiobook at Stone Hill Studio in New Jersey. Excerpts from the original studio recordings of "Living Proof," "Long Time Comin’" and "Born to Run" are also featured in the audiobook. Listen to two excepts from the audiobook below and watch Bruce read from Born to Run in London in the short film from Director Thom Zimny. Get your copy now of the audiobook now!

Bruce Springsteen receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bruce was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, our nation's highest civilian honor, recognizing "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Prior to receiving the award from President Obama, Bruce was introduced to the audience:

As a songwriter, a humanitarian, America's rock and roll laureate, and New Jersey's greatest ambassador, Bruce Springsteen is, quite simply, The Boss. Through stories about ordinary people, to Vietnam veterans to steel workers, his songs capture the pain and the promise of the American experience. With his legendary E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen leaves everything on stage in epic, live, communal live performances that have rocked audiences for decades. With empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are, as Americans chasing our dreams, and as human beings trying to do the right thing. There's a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen's America.