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.
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.