The National Constitution Center's exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, opens next week. On Thursday morning, I did a walk through of the exhibit, which originated at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, as they were unpacking the guitars and hanging the pictures on the wall.
The jeans and T-shirt the Boss wore on the Born in the U.S.A. album cover were already in their display case, but the faded red baseball cap he stuffed in his back pocket was still in the box. I'm not a memorabilia geek, but with a "Streets Of Philadelphia" Oscar in a display case, and a couple of Grammys lying around, I saw plenty of stuff Springsteen fans will get a kick out of. There are Springsteen's original hand-scribbled spiral-bound lyric notebooks, posters of a benefit concert for George McGovern in 1972 and shows at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr in 1974, and listening stations where you can hear audition tapes for legendary Columbia A & R man John Hammond or the much-bootlegged 1978 concert from the Agora in Cleveland in its entirety.
My story on the show will run in the Inquirer and on philly.com on Tuesday. Tom Gralish's behind the scenes video shot yesterday morning is below.