Magazine article USA TODAY

The Boss Comes Back to the "Streets of Philadelphia"

Magazine article USA TODAY

The Boss Comes Back to the "Streets of Philadelphia"

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"'From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen' offers a II unique perspective on our First Amendment freedoms, the meaning of the American dream and the role of artists in politics and protest," says National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner. "Of course, Bruce Springsteen strikes an even deeper chord here in Philly, where the love of Bruce runs almost as deep as the love of freedom."

"I worked very closely with Bruce and his organization to put this exhibit together," notes Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and chief curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. "It's a comprehensive look at Bruce's entire career and contains numerous items that have never been seen by the public. The exhibit was a huge hit when it was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I am very happy that even more people will be able to see it now that it's at the National Constitution Center."

"Promised Land" takes a long-view look at Springsteen's career and 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. Throughout the 5,000-square-foot exhibition, visitors will have the rare opportunity to view more than 150 items, including:

* Family photos of Springsteen's childhood in Asbury Park, N.J.

* Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photos, and handbills from Springsteen's early music endeavors. …

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