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From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street Independence Mall Philadelphia PA 19106
  • Friday February 17th 2012 at 12:00am to Monday September 3rd 2012 at 12:00am

Everyone is invited to celebrate the right to free expression at an exhibition that rocks! Explore Springsteen’s legendary career in From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, the first major exhibition about the pioneering American songwriter. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this must-see exhibition makes its East Coast debut at the National Constitution Center—the first and only venue where it is slated to travel.

Through such compelling lyrics as “There’s treasure for the taking, for any hard working man who will make his home in the American land,” Springsteen gives voice to the struggles of the working class, veterans, immigrants and other groups whose unique stories add to the definition of “We the People.” Springsteen’s unique brand of heartland rock brings a sense of urgency, patriotism and realism to popular music.

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land
takes a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s catalog, from such early bands as Child, the Castiles and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. Visitors have the rare opportunity to view several of Springsteen’s guitars, including the Fender Esquire from the cover of Born to Run, as well as the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters and handbills from all phases of his career, and various awards and honors. In addition, the exhibition features Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run.


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