Garry Tallent, David Sancious, Vini Lopez and More to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Debut Album at Monmouth University

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s debut album with a a symposium set for Jan. 7.

Original E Street Band members Garry Tallent, David Sancious, and Vini Lopez, along with former Springsteen manager Mike Appel will appear at the day long event. “The 50th Anniversary: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” celebration will include panel discussions, interviews, a book signing, and a special performance of the songs on the album by Jersey Shore musicians. Photographer Nicki Germaine will debut her book, “Springsteen: Liberty Hall, from his 1974 concert in Houston, TX”.

Sancious’ appearance will be preceded by a special show at The Vogel at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on Jan. 6.

“This event kicks off a series of 50th anniversary events that will bring attention to Springsteen’s earliest accomplishments in the recording studio and contextualize the historical importance of each,” said Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. “This symposium is the first of many coming down the road.”

Topics such as Springsteen’s early ‘70s songwriting style; the Jersey Shore music scene in 1972, the year Greetings was recorded; recollections of those E Street Band members that played on the album; and the premiere of a mini-documentary on the making of Greetings that includes an exclusive interview with Bruce Springsteen will round out the day’s activities.

The symposium, which is open to the public, will be held in the Great Hall Auditorium, beginning at 9 am. Registration is required. The cost for attending the symposium, which includes lunch, is $50. Free parking is available in Parking Lots 13, 14, 16, and 25.

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The Springsteen Archives is hosting two other events during the first week in January to celebrate the 50th anniversary. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Tuesday Night Record Club, moderated by Professor Ken Womack, will be discussing the album.

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