CLEVELAND (January 26, 2010) –The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will extend its latest exhibit, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen through December 31, 2010.
From Asbury Park to the Promised Land is a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s music, from such early bands as Child, the Castiles and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. The exhibit includes several of Springsteen’s guitars, including the Fender Esquire that is on the cover of Born to Run. It will also include the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., as well as numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters and handbills from all phases of his career, and various awards and honors. In addition, the exhibit includes Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run.
Several new artifacts have been added from Springsteen’s first car to his 2009 Kennedy Center Honor:
Kennedy Center Honor, 2009
Bruce Springsteen was honored by the Kennedy Center in December 2009. The awards are presented annually to influential figures in entertainment and politics. At the ceremony, President Barack Obama said, “I’m the president, but he’s the Boss.”
Bruce Springsteen Jacket, 2009
Bruce Springsteen wore this jacket at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration. The event was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Springsteen performed “The Rising,” playing acoustic guitar and backed by a full gospel choir.
Golden Globe Award, 2009
Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Wrestler” won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. Mickey Rourke, who starred in the movie, personally asked Springsteen to write the song. Some scenes were shot in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Grammy Award, 2002
Bruce Springsteen won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for The Rising.
Grammy Award, 2007
Bruce Springsteen won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for “Radio Nowhere.”
Linn Drum Machine, c. 1983
This drum machine was used to create hand-clapping sounds during the recording of Born in the U.S.A. Three years later, in 1986, Bruce Springsteen began working on demos for what would become Tunnel of Love. This drum machine was ultimately used for all of the drum parts on that album.
Kurzweil 250 Sample Keyboard, c. 1986
Bruce Springsteen first used this keyboard during the recording of Tunnel of Love. It was responsible for all of the sounds on that album other than the guitars, bass and drums. Springsteen continued to use this keyboard for strings, horns and other orchestral sounds and effects on his ensuing albums until he replaced it with the newer Kurzweil K2600.
Bruce Springsteen 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Bruce Springsteen purchased this car in 1975 for $2000. It was the first car he ever owned. When Springsteen drove it, it had twin four-barrel carburetors and a Hurst shifter. Springsteen had the car painted yellow with hot-rod flames. This was the car that Springsteen owned while recording his 1975 landmark album, Born to Run.
Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit http://www.rockhall.com.