TULSA, Okla. — Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band have been playing and producing music for nearly 50 years. The New Jersey musician has released 20 studio albums, 23 live albums and 73 singles.
The Ashbury, New Jersey musician has sold an estimated 65.5 million albums in the United States and more than 150 million records worldwide, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
“The interesting thing about Bruce Springsteen. In some cases he’s more popular now in Europe than he is in America, and that’s a weird thing you might think, but not so weird when you realize that Bruce Springsteen and for a lot of people embody the best things in America,” Bob Stanelli said. the founding executive director of the GRAMMY Museum. “I saw it in Ireland, in Italy, in Spain, in Sweden. They see it as the best America has to offer. That’s what they think America is and should be as Bruce Springsteen on stage, and I think you know, as Americans we’re used to it, he’s been playing for us for 50 years, but over there, it is their link with our country. It is their connection to our culture, the freedom that we represent. It’s quite an interesting phenomenon, but it’s the best we have, culturally speaking.
In 2014, E. Street Band was inducted by Bruce Springsteen into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“The band’s enduring relationship gives them a confidence, chemistry and improvisational skill that has thrilled audiences for more than forty years,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Critics around the world have called Springsteen one of the best rock and roll performers of all time.
Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie were said to be huge musical influences for Springsteen.
On April 16, the Woody Guthrie Center will honor Springsteen and the E. Street Band by hosting “Bruce Springsteen Live!” archival exhibition.
“This exposure is natural here at the Woody Guthrie Center,” said Eileen Chapman, director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives.
Chapman says the exhibit features iconic stage apparel, instruments, posters, photos, concert footage and other treasured and authentic memorabilia from the band.
The 1988 “Tunnel of Love” box office stage prop, Esquire “Born to Run” guitar, Clarence Clemons saxophone and “Calliope”, the band’s original organ, are some of the highlights of the museum.
“One of my favorite things are Bruce’s mother’s albums. Bruce’s mother started collecting all the newspaper clippings from the time Bruce was signed, so here we have two of Adele’s albums. They have an incredible set of hotel room keys that have been kept throughout his career,” Chapman said.
One of the hotel keys says he was from Oklahoma City.
Garry Tallent, the bassist of the E. Street Band, attended the preview.
“It all sounds familiar, which is a little odd. It’s a must see if you’re a fan. It’s all here,” Tallent said. “What I like to see is probably the guitar I was playing. And the photo of Danny and his mother is probably my favorite. She was a real stage mom. And I loved the accordion and Danny’s picture.
Tallent often visits Tulsa because her daughter and son-in-law now live here.
The exhibit was a labor of love that was inspired at the start of the pandemic when concerts and live music were suddenly cancelled. The project was developed on the Monmouth University campus at the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.
“We have nine students [from Monmouth University] who actually work with us in the archives, and they are all students who listen to current music. The Bleachers, Gaslight, Anthem and others, and they see the connection to Bruce Springsteen through the work of a younger demographic,” Chapman said.
According to the director, the exhibition attracts visitors of all ages.
“We see in the Bruce Springsteen archives that we have entire families who have come to visit the archives,” Chapman said.
The “Bruce Springsteen Live!” the exhibition opens on April 16 and lasts all summer until September 25.
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