Bruce Springsteen will appear on Steven Van Zandt’s series ‘Lilyhammer’

According to Deadline Hollywood and norweggian newspaper Dagbladet, Steve Van Zandt has recruited Tony Sirico (‘Paulie’ in The Sopranos) and Bruce Springsteen for the third season of his TV series LilyhammerThe news has been confirmed by Peter Wallace, producer and external manager at NRK, Norway’s public TV.

Bruce will make a cameo in an episode, playing the role of a mortuary owner, in what will be his acting debut. He had previously appeared in the movie High Fidelity -see video below- though he was playing himself.

And one more for collectors: you’ll find a new interview with Springsteen in the companion DVD on Roger McGuinn’s latest double live album, titled Stories, Songs & Friends.

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Outlaw Pete, an illustrated book based on the Springsteen song

Simon & Schuster has announced a new book coming November 4, 2014: Outlaw Pete by Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso, based on the celebrated song about a bank-robbing baby whose exploits become a meditation on sin, fate, and free will.

Both the song (from Springsteen’s 2009 Working on a Dream album) and the new book Outlaw Pete were inspired by a children’s book, Brave Cowboy Bill (Simon & Schuster, 1950), which Bruce Springsteen’s mother used to read to him as a child. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen writes.

Frank Caruso, a cartoonist and writer, conceived of making the song into a book and created the illustrations to accompany Springsteen’s lyrics.

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Two special Springsteen events in September

The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection have announced two special events in September related to Bruce Springsteen: a Springsteen-themed forum on September 20, plus “An Evening With Thom Zimny” on September 23, a big-screen presentation for which Zimny will show some unseen footage from the Springsteen vaults.

On Saturday, September 20, from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., the Friends and Monmouth University will sponsor a unique Springsteen-themed forum entitled Fifty Years of “Makin’ This Guitar Talk,” in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s first major steps towards becoming a professional musician. The “Fifty Years Forum” will be held on the University’s campus in West Long Branch, NJ, the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, in conjunction with the university’s gallery-exhibition entitled Glory Bound: Photographs by Barry Schneier (featuring photos from the 1974 concert that inspired Jon Landau to write his famous column proclaiming, “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”)

The structure of the forum will be centered around a series of moderated panel discussions on various Springsteen-related topics, allowing the audience to hear from and interact with a variety of authors and scholars. As of this writing, the confirmed panelists who will be in attendance are Jim Beviglia, Denise Green, Marianne Murawski, Christopher Phillips, Shawn Poole, Holly Cara Price, Linda K. Randall, Barry Schneier, Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Mark Kranjak, James Petersen, Chuck Regan, William I. Wolff and Azzan Yadin-Israel.

Panel topics, as well as more authors and scholars, will be announced as they are confirmed. Topics currently under consideration include “Bruce Springsteen’s Evolving Relationship With His Audience(s),” “Springsteen’s Best Songs,” “Springsteen & Live Performance,” “Springsteen & Media Through the Years,” etc.

For interested fans, there will be time and space allotted for authors’ book sales/signings. The day’s agenda also will include several live performances of Springsteen’s music by students from Monmouth University and Asbury Park, NJ’s Lakehouse Music Academy.

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On the evening of Tuesday, September 23, in celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s 65th birthday, Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and Monmouth University will present An Evening With Thom Zimny. This event will take place beginning at 7 p.m. inside Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, the home of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.

For this unique celebratory evening, Zimny is “digging deep” into the Springsteen film/video archives for a rare big-screen presentation. He’ll be bringing some treats from the vault and showing all of his selections with high-quality visuals and sound using Pollak Theatre’s state-of-the-art projection system. Suffice it to say that if you are a Springsteen fan, you won’t want to miss this special night.

Check out full details about times, tickets and additional information at the Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection website.

 

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Springsteen debuts short film

Hunter1“[When I wrote the song] I started to get into this sort of post-apocalyptic idea. The idea of these travellers in the wasteland, and what’s the guy trying to do? He’s trying to hold onto their humanness, their humanity in all of this ruin. That was the idea. That’s who this guy is, the guy who is hunting out remnants of what makes the spirit.” – Bruce Springsteen in Rolling Stone Magazine, March 2014

The 10-minute film, directed by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen, debuted yesterday at Bruce Springsteen’s official website. Check the credits and the notes written by Bruce.

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RIP Stanley Marsh, creator of the Cadillac Ranch

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Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac
(Bruce Springsteen, “Cadillac Ranch”)

Cadillacranch BruceStanley Marsh, creator of the famous Cadillac Ranch located in Amarillo, TX, passed away this week at 76.

The Cadillac Ranch is a row of 10 graffiti-splattered cars buried in the ground along Interstate 40 west of Amarillo. The installation was build by art group Ant Farm in 1974. Bruce Springsteen wrote in 1980 the song “Cadillac Ranch”, and visited the site.

 

 

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