For almost four decades, Bruce Springsteen has thrilled fans by giving voice to the restlessness, hopes, and dreams of ordinary Americans. Millions of listeners have found their experience of the American dream reflected in his songs about the lonely, the lost, the unemployed, immigrants, and military veterans. Springsteen’s words and music have the ability to change the listener’s outlook and challenge his or her ideas, exploring in the truest sense the right to free expression.
In From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, visitors can travel with Springsteen from the boardwalks of small-town New Jersey to packed stadiums around the world. Throughout the exhibition, listening and viewing stations feature interviews with Springsteen, previously unreleased songs from some of his early musical groups, and footage of some of the most famous performances of his career. More than 150 artifacts—including family photographs, notebooks filled with handwritten song lyrics, the Fender Esquire guitar from the cover of Born to Run, the outfit Springsteen wore on the cover of Born in the USA, posters from all phases of his career, and his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette—help paint a complete portrait of the famous singer/songwriter.
This exhibition was created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.