Bruce Springsteen Exhibition Held in Philadelphia; It’s Now Official, The Boss is an American Icon

It’s offi­cial. Bruce Spring­steen has gone from musi­cian to Amer­i­can icon, join­ing the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Want some proof of his tran­scen­dence? Just look to Philadel­phia where The Nation­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter is hold­ing the first major exhi­bi­tion about the Amer­i­can song­writer. From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Spring­steen takes a com­pre­hen­sive look at Spring­steen’s body of musi­cal work with the help of 15o arti­facts. Ask why a Spring­steen exhib­it deserves to be held in The Nation­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter, and its CEO/President David Eis­ner will tell you that the “Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter is about the val­ues [e.g. free­dom & equal­i­ty] and dreams on which Amer­i­ca was based, and Spring­steen’s music is all about achiev­ing the Amer­i­can Dream.” What’s more, Spring­steen’s music touch­es on deeply Amer­i­can polit­i­cal issues, includ­ing the First Amend­ment.

The exhi­bi­tion runs through Sep­tem­ber 3rd (tick­ets avail­able here), and every Fri­day the Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter plans to pub­lish on its blog arti­cles inspired by Bruce Spring­steen and the First Amend­ment.

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