Bruce Springsteen made an appearance Tuesday night at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, just up the road from Asbury Park, where he first made a name for himself more than 40 years ago.
In addition to a question-and-answer session, it was also announced that the university has established The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. The school is now the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals and artifacts.
School President Paul R. Brown says, “Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen. Our partnership has been a natural one -- just steps from Springsteen’s birthplace and the site where Born to Run was written, Monmouth University’s location brilliantly captures the essence of Springsteen’s music while providing the academic heft of one of only nine university affiliates of the Grammy Museum. The establishment of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music, while providing a truly trans-formative experience for our students.”
In addition to preserving and promoting the legacy of Springsteen and his role in American music, it will also honor and celebrate icons of American music such as Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra and others.