On Wednesday, the University of Monmouth in New Jersey announced the creation of archives on the American singer Bruce Springsteen, who grew up in a small working city nearby.
Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music will keep records, photographs and other items about the singer as well as works on icons of American music like Frank Sinatra and Woody Guthrie.
The University is located about 15 miles from Freehold, the birthplace of the singer. The school is also near Asbury Park, the coastal city where he began his career.
“I made my living writing about moving out of Jersey,” said Springsteen recently at the Pollak Theatre in West Long Branch. “Nobody used to say ‘let’s go to Asbury Park to find the next greatest band.’”
The location chosen for these archives “brilliantly captured the essence of Springsteen’s music,” said Paul Brown, president of Monmouth University, who already has an important music program in connection with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
These archives will be an extension of the Singer’s Special Collection, which had opened in the same University in 2011 with the first articles written on the “Boss”.
Springsteen, 67, is increasingly interested in his heritage. Last year he published a critically acclaimed autobiography entitled ‘Born to Run,’ in which he recounts his humble origins and his struggle against depression.
Bob Dylan, one of the singers who inspired Springsteen, also signed an agreement last year with Tulsa University in Oklahoma to house his archives.