New Jersey University Hosts Springsteen Symposium

shutterstockBruceSpringsteenToronto2012Bruce Springsteen was born to turn 65 on Sept. 23, 2014. Ahead of the big day, New Jersey’s Monmouth University is hosting an all-day celebration and examination of the singer-songwriter’s catalog and influence.

The Saturday 9:30 a.m.-3:3:0 p.m. event is titled “Fifty Years of ‘Makin’ This Guitar Talk” and is being put on with help from The Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. The impressive line-up of panelists includes:

Jim Beviglia, author of Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs;
Jonathan D. Cohen, managing editor of the University of Virginia’s BOSS: The Bi-Annual Online Journal of Springsteen Studies;
Stan Goldstein, co-author of Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore< and blogger at;
Christopher Phillips, editor-publisher of Backstreets magazine and Talk About A Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen;
Linda K. Randall, author of Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community & Meaning Among Springsteen Fans;
Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Mark Krajnak, James Petersen and Chuck Regan, contributors to the forthcoming Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen.

Panel moderators will include Tom Cunningham, host of 105.7 WCHR-FM’s weekly program The Bruce Brunch. There will also be performances of Springsteen songs by Monmouth students and members of Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy. Tickets for the all-day West Long Branch event are $10, with proceeds benefiting the aforementioned Friends group.

Photo of Springsteen performing in 2012 at Toronto’s Rogers Center: Bruce Patterson Photos/

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.