Honoring The Boss

Fans of Bruce Springsteen will soon be able to get up close and personal with several of his possessions.

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, an exhibit on The Boss, will open April 1 at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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The BBC reports that Springsteen has donated scrapbooks, notebooks containing handwritten lyrics and several guitars, including the one picture on the cover of Born to Run.

“Once [Springsteen] knew this was real, that it would really happen, he wanted it to have as much depth as it could possibly have,” said Jon Landau, Springsteen’s manager and a board member of the hall.

“He is fully behind this exhibition and the effort the museum has made to really get things right.”

Apparently, a large exhibit on The Boss has been a dream of museum staff for some time, but the timing was never right.

“He’s someone we’ve always wanted to do a big exhibit on,” Jim Henke, the hall’s curator, told the AP news agency.

“So it’s one of those things that I’d bring up with his manager from time to time. Last summer they said, ‘Yes, it makes sense now.’”

Henke told the BBC the exhibit could be the biggest the museum has ever done, eclipsing previous collections from John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.

Read the BBC’s complete coverage of the exhibit here.