From Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen

From Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen

February 17 – September 3, 2012

Celebrate the right to free expression at an exhibition that rocks! Explore Springsteen’s career in From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, the first major exhibition about the American songwriter. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this must-see exhibition makes its East Coast debut at the National Constitution Center—the first and only venue where it is slated to travel.

Through his lyrics, Springsteen gives voice to the struggles of the working class, veterans, immigrants, and other groups whose unique stories add to the definition of “We the People.” His distinctive brand of heartland rock brings a sense of urgency, patriotism, and realism to popular music.

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land takes a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s catalog, from such early bands as Child, the Castiles, and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. Visitors have the rare opportunity to view several of Springsteen’s guitars, including the Fender Esquire from the cover of Born to Run, as well as the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters and handbills from all phases of his career, and various awards and honors. In addition, the exhibition features Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run.

“The American idea is a beautiful idea. It needs to be preserved, served, protected and sung out on a nightly basis. That’s what I’m going to try to do.”
—Bruce Springsteen

Exhibition Introduction

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Outfit and Hat

Outfit and Hat

Outfit worn by Bruce Springsteen on the cover of the Born in the USA album. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content

Fender Electric Guitar

Fender Electric Guitar

1952 Fender Esquire neck and 1954 Fender Telecaster body. Purchased immediately after signing contract with Columbia Records. Also featured on the cover ofBorn to Run. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

"Born to Run"

One of the numerous drafts written by Bruce Springsteen of the lyrics for the song "Born to Run." Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

Exhibition Logo

Exhibition Logo

Motorcycle Jacket, ca. 1975

Motorcycle Jacket, ca. 1975

Bruce Springsteen wore this jacket on the cover of Born to Run. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

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Seeger Sessions Stage Banner, 2006

Seeger Sessions Stage Banner, 2006

This banner was used during Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions tour in 2006. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

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1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette

Bruce Springsteen purchased this Corvette in 1975, after the success of Born to Run. Photos of the car have appeared on various album and single sleeves. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

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1989 Harley-Davidson

1989 Harley-Davidson

Bruce Springsteen rode this motorcycle through the southwestern United States in 1989. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

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Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook

Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook

Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by dpi digital content.

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