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New Jersey university to host Bruce Springsteen's archives

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/11/2017
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, Bruce Springsteen greets fans in a book store as he promotes his new book "Born to Run" in Toronto. While it takes Springsteen close to four hours to effectively revisit the four-plus decades of his career in concert, the Boss needed just 90 minutes to chronicle his life story at New Jersey's Monmouth University. The 67-year-old Garden State-born rocker spoke at the school in West Long Branch Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, Bruce Springsteen greets fans in a book store as he promotes his new book "Born to Run" in Toronto. While it takes Springsteen close to four hours to effectively revisit the four-plus decades of his career in concert, the Boss needed just 90 minutes to chronicle his life story at New Jersey's Monmouth University. The 67-year-old Garden State-born rocker spoke at the school in West Long Branch Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A university in Bruce Springsteen's native New Jersey will become home to the rocker's personal collection of written works, artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia from his decades-long career.

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York. Springsteen spoke at at New Jersey’s Monmouth University on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an “intimate conversation” moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Monmouth officials also announced that the university will be home to Springsteen’s archives. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York. Springsteen spoke at at New Jersey’s Monmouth University on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an “intimate conversation” moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Monmouth officials also announced that the university will be home to Springsteen’s archives. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University will curate the works, Springsteen and the university announced during a Tuesday event where he was interviewed about his career.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016, file photo, Bruce Springsteen greets a fan at the launch of his autobiography "Born to Run" at the Barnes & Noble in the New Jersey town where he grew up, in Freehold, N.J. While it takes Springsteen close to four hours to effectively revisit the four-plus decades of his career in concert, the Boss needed just 90 minutes to chronicle his life story at New Jersey's Monmouth University. The 67-year-old Garden State-born rocker spoke at the school in West Long Branch Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016, file photo, Bruce Springsteen greets a fan at the launch of his autobiography "Born to Run" at the Barnes & Noble in the New Jersey town where he grew up, in Freehold, N.J. While it takes Springsteen close to four hours to effectively revisit the four-plus decades of his career in concert, the Boss needed just 90 minutes to chronicle his life story at New Jersey's Monmouth University. The 67-year-old Garden State-born rocker spoke at the school in West Long Branch Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2017, as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The university, in West Long Branch, has been the home of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection since 2011. The new archive will promote and preserve the legacy of Springsteen as well as other music icons, including Frank Sinatra and Woody Guthrie.

"Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen," said university President Paul Brown.

During the Tuesday night event at the university's Pollak Theatre, Springsteen, 67, chronicled his life story as part of an "intimate conversation" moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.

While it takes the Boss close to four hours to effectively revisit the four-plus decades of his career in concert, he needed just 90 minutes to chronicle his life story. He spoke about his youth as a bar band singer on the Jersey shore, writing his classic album "Born To Run" and the importance of political activism in music moving forward, NJ.com reported.

"I tend to believe music is important to activism in the sense that it stirs passion, it stirs interest, it stirs curiosity, it moves you to question your own beliefs, it strikes straight to your emotions. And it stirs you up inside," Springsteen said.

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