According to the New York Times, this week marks the 43rd anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." I might have to blast some Springsteen on my way home tonight to honor the anniversary. I'll roll down the window and let the wind blow back my hair, obviously. ("Thunder Road." Born to Run. 1975.)
If you, too, feel like celebrating "The Boss," the library has dozens of CDs, documentaries, biographies, and even musical scores here for you. Prospector can help with getting Springsteen's debut album, but DPL has my favorites, Born to Run and Working on a Dream. Can you hear me? ("Outlaw Pete." Working on a Dream. 2009.)
But what if you want to learn more about Bruce Springsteen, or any other famous person, without coming in to the library? Gale Virtual Reference Library has biographies about celebrities, athletes, politicians, and more. For different perspectives on Springsteen's life so far, check out these articles from the Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Musicians, and Class in America: An Encyclopedia. "Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything." ("Badlands." Darkness On The Edge Of Town. 1978.)
Need even more biographies? Check out the Biography and Genealogy Master Index. You can search the index for a name and it will tell you which books contain entries about the person. You can always Ask Us for help locating the articles.
Want to learn more about Springsteen's home state? You can use the CultureGrams database to find information about countries, Canadian provinces, and U.S. states. The New Jersey report gives the state's history, economy, and, of course, famous people. Springsteen gets top billing, along with Queen Latifah, Frank Sinatra, and Meryl Streep. I guess all that "working on a dream" paid off.
Like I needed another reason to blast that jungle land sax solo!! Will be doing that ASAP.
I still have to admit that my favorite album (and by that I mean cover art) is "Born in the USA". :-)
Atlantic City is one of my favorite songs of all-time - absolutely haunting. My apartment is covered in framed records, and several of them are the Born in The USA LP and almost all of its singles (still missing I'm Goin' Down, which is one of my favorite tracks on the album).
I lived in Atlantic City (Ventnor actually) when I was in the 5th grade. I guess I'll have to check out that song. I might even try requesting an LP through Interlibrary Loan!
Love this man!