Author Series with Peter Carlin

Tuesday, December 4: 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Author Series will welcome biographer Peter Carlin for a live interview on Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs, will interview Carlin about his work and acclaimed biography, BRUCE, which highlights the life and music of 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Springsteen. This event will take place in the Library Reading Room of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland).  After the interview, Carlin will answer questions from the audience and participate in a book signing. 

This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited.  Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 19.  General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20.

The Rock Hall’s Author Series brings journalists, critics and scholars to the Library and Archives for free readings and discussion sessions.  Authors of both new books and classic texts will be invited on a regular basis.

BRUCE, a sweeping portrait by acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin, is the first biography in 25 years to be written with the full cooperation of Springsteen himself.  Unprecedented access to the artist, his family, his friends, and bandmates past and present—including Clarence Clemons in his final major interview—adds vivid, intimate detail and context to a groundbreaking picture of one of America’s greatest musicians.  (November 6, 2012; Touchstone; $28 Hardcover; 978-1-4391-9182-8)

For more than four decades, Bruce Springsteen has voiced the hopes, triumphs, and heartaches of working class America through a remarkable career that has yielded twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.  Carlin’s biography encompasses the breadth of Springsteen’s life and music, following the Elvis-loving grade-schooler with a rented guitar as he grows into a scruffy young bandleader, then rockets into orbit with the critical and commercial hit Born to Run, the keystone of a musical legacy that would reflect and shape the culture—right up to Bruce’s current sold-out tour and #1 album, Wrecking Ball.

Peter Carlin is the New York Times bestselling author of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney: A Life. He has been a senior writer for People and a television critic for the Oregonian newspaper. Carlin lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum. Metered parking spaces are available on the street in front of the building or around the block. From there, walk in the building’s main entrance, enter the lobby, and the entrance to the Library and Archives will be immediately on the right. There is also a Visitor Parking area in Lot 6 of the parking garage. These spaces should be paid for at meter stations located nearby. From the garage, enter the building's back entrance, take the elevator on the left to the first floor, enter the lobby, and look for the entrance to the Library and Archives on the left.  For a map of the Tri-C Metro Campus, visit

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