His Hometown: Exhibit of Bruce Springsteen artifacts opening this September in Freehold, New Jersey

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen‘s hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, will host an exhibition later this year focusing on the rock legend and how his local surroundings influenced him and his music.

The “Springsteen: His Hometown” exhibit will open at the Monmouth County Historical Association on September 29, just six days after The Boss celebrates his 70th birthday. It runs through the fall of 2020.

According to the association’s website, the exhibit “will provide a comprehensive look of how Monmouth County, NJ has been thematically woven into Bruce Springsteen’s music and art throughout his career.”

More than 150 artifacts will be displayed, culled from the collections of the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, NJ.

The Asbury Park Press reports that among the items featured in the exhibit will be a personal handmade scrapbook’s from Springsteen’s mother, Adele, and previously unseen alternate album covers.

In addition, oral histories are being contributed by ex-E Street Band drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, “Born to Run” drummer Ernest “Boom” Carter and Bruce’s one-time manager, Carl “Tinker” West.

Tickets for the exhibition are available at the association’s official website, MonmouthHistory.org.

The evening before the exhibit opens, a VIP kickoff party, dubbed “Dancing in the Dark,” will be held at the museum. The event will feature performances by Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers and ex-Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby Bandiera, while TV news anchor Brian Williams will serve as Honorary Chair. Tickets cost $250, with proceeds benefiting the Monmouth County Historical Association.

Meanwhile, according to the Asbury Park Press, a preview of “Springsteen: His Hometown” is on display at Monmouth University’s Guggenheim Memorial Library. 

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