TULSA, Okla. — Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band have been playing and producing music for almost 50 years. The New Jersey musician has released 20 studio albums, 23 live albums, and 73 singles.
The Ashbury, New Jersey musician has sold about 65.5 million albums in the United States and over 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 it’s an odd thing you would think, but not so odd when you realize that Bruce Springsteen and for many people embodies the best things about America,” said Bob Stanelli the Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “I’ve seen him in Ireland, in Italy, in Spain, Sweden. They see him as the best that America has to offer. It’s what they think America is and ought to be as Bruce Springsteen on stage, and I think you know, as Americans we’ve been used to this, he’s been playing for us for 50 years, but over there it’s their connection to our country. It’s their connection to our culture, the freedom that we represent. It’s a pretty interesting phenomenon, but he is the best of what we got, culturally speaking.”
In 2014, E. Street Band was indicted by Bruce Springsteen into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“The band’s abiding relationship gives them a trust, chemistry and improvisational skill that have thrilled audiences for more than forty years,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Critics worldwide have called Springsteen one of the best rock and roll live performers of all time.
Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie were reportedly huge musical influences for Springsteen.
On April 16, the Woody Guthrie Center will honor Springsteen and the E. Street Band by hosting the “Bruce Springsteen Live!” archive exhibit.
“This exhibit is a natural right here in the Woody Guthrie Center,” said Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives.
Chapman says the exhibit features iconic stage clothing, instruments, posters, photos, concert footage, and other treasured, authentic memorabilia from the band.
The “Tunnel of Love” ticket booth stage prop from 1988, the “Born to Run” Esquire Guitar, Clarence Clemons’ saxophone, and “Calliope” the original band organ are some of the highlights to expect at the museum.
“One of my favorite things is Bruce’s mom’s scrapbooks. Bruce’s mom started collecting all of the newspaper clippings from the time Bruce got signed, so we have two of Adele’s scrapbooks here. They have some incredible set of hotel room keys that were saved throughout his career,” said Chapman.
One of the hotel keys reads that it was from Oklahoma City.
Garry Tallent the E. Street Band’s bass player was attending the preview event.
“It all looks familiar, which is kind of strange. It’s worth seeing if you’re a fan. It’s all here,” said Tallent. “The thing I enjoy seeing is probably the guitar that I used to play. And the picture of Danny and his mother that’s probably my favorite thing. She was a real stage mom. And I got a kick out of the accordion and picture of Danny.”
Tallent visits Tulsa often as his daughter and son-in-law now live here.
The exhibit has been a labor of love that was inspired around the beginning of the pandemic when concerts and live music were suddenly being canceled. 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 these are all students that are listening to current music. The Bleachers, Gaslight, Anthem, and others, and they see the connection to Bruce Springsteen through the work of a younger demographic,” said Chapman.
The director says the exhibit attracts attendees of all ages.
“We see in the Bruce Springsteen archives is that we have full families come to visit the archives,” said Chapman.
The “Bruce Springsteen Live!” exhibit opens April 16 and runs through the summer until Sept. 25.
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