Bruce Springsteen and the US Constitution

Reprinted from Democratic Convention Watch

If you're a long time member of the DCW community, you know we LOVE Bruce Springsteen, and we especially LOVE the US Constitution. Imagine the toe-curling joy of the two of them coming together! Start counting the days to February, folks!


Introducing “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” from National Constitution Center on Vimeo.

Full Press Release:

Celebrate the right to free expression at an exhibition that rocks! Explore Springsteen's career in From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, the first major exhibition about the 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 his lyrics, 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.” His distinctive 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.

The exhibit will run from February through September. If you've never been to the Constitution Center, this is a great opportunity to see not only the Springsteen exhibit, but also the multimedia presentation Freedom Rising, Not to mention walking through the other exhibits, and taking some time in the Great Hall. And yes, I still visit there on a regular basis to hug James Madison and remember what America is supposed to be all about.

2012 will be a raucous year. Based on our April survey, only a minority of you thought there would be marching in the street, and now there's Occupy. Also a general strike next week in Oakland, which will likely spread. It's looking more and more like we'll be running against Mittens, and the distinctions between Mittens and President Obama will be stark. It will be a good time to recall, remember and relearn why we are a country, and the situation from which we were birthed. 

We hope you'll attend. I made an open invitation back in 2008 to take anyone who wanted to go to the Constitution Center, and it's still there. If there's interest, we could plan a DCW day after the snow stops flying. And for the über geeks amoungst you, I will be glad to stand next to James and recite your choice of the full Constitution or all 50 state capitals. 


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