Fourth Annual Bruce Springsteen Holiday Gift Guide – 2015

Fourth Annual Bruce Springsteen Holiday Gift Guide – 2015
Original list inspiration by Pete Chianca – Blogness on the Edge of Town

If you’re anything like me, it’s never too late to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. Let’s face it, it’s just easier continuing to sit here, watching football, hockey, basketball, tweeting, checking your FB page… But gifts must be got at some point, and if there’s a Springsteen fan on your list, you could do a lot worse than any of the items listed below:


By far, the most anticipated holiday offering this season is the Ties that Bind, The River Collection,
Bruce Springsteen Box Set.


Here is what the box includes:

• 52 tracks on 4 CDs (12 are previously unreleased)
• 4 hours of video including: 2.5 hours live concert, 1 hour new documentary, rehearsal footage
• 200 never-before seen photos
• Lyric booklet for unreleased tracks

The audio pieces are The River album + the original The River: Single Album, which was what producer, Jon Landau initially delivered to Columbia before Bruce went back and recorded further material. The River, Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The River: Single Album is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978s Darkness On The Edge Of Town but never released. In addition, the package also includes a 22-track CD of audio outtakes from the recording sessions including 12 previously unreleased songs.

The visual aspect of the box set includes a 60 minute documentary (more info below), a live concert from The River Tour and in-studio rehearsal footage. Additionally, there is a beautiful book accompaniment that features 200 never-seen-before photographs documenting the making of the album with captions from Bruce in his handwriting. There is a lyric book addition to the unreleased tracks of the Outtakes Album plus “Cindy,” an unreleased track from The River: Single Album. The lyric book will also include a new essay written by famous music writer, Mikal Gilmore.

The Ties That Bind is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio.


Performers at the 16th annual edition of LOD will include Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, James Maddock and Band, Jesse Malin and Band, Jill Hennessey, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, Milly, Marc Ribler & Friends, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Dramarama, the Billy Hector Band, the Beach Nuts, the Billy Walton Band, Bruce Tunkel and The Red House, Garland Jeffreys, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, The Sandy Mack Allstars, and Sonny Kenn.

As usual, Bruce Springsteen is not among the confirmed acts. But keep in mind that he has performed at the main Light of Day concert in 12 of the last 15 years.
This year’s main concert takes place Jan. 16, 2016 at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre. Here is a partial schedule, with lineups for individual shows to be confirmed.
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JAN. 15
“Asbury Angels Induction” at Stone Pony
TBA at House of Independents.
“Rock Heavy” at The Saint.
Open Mic at Wonder Bar.
“100 Years of Broadway” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Late Night Friday” at Langosta Lounge.
TBA at Paramount Theatre

JAN. 16
“Main Event” at Paramount Theatre.
“Rock” at The Saint.
TBA at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Late Night Saturday” at Langosta Lounge.
TBA at House of Independents.
“Asbury Blues,” noon at Wonder Bar.
“Ful Tilt Boogie Bash,” 7 p.m. at Wonder Bar.
“Asbury Underground” crawl in downtown Asbury Park.

JAN. 17
“Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl” at Watermark, Langosta Lounge and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
“Kids’ Rock” at Stone Pony.
“Musicians on a Mission,” noon at The Saint.
“Last Note,” 7:30 p.m. at The Saint.

JAN. 18
“Goodbye Brunch” at Toast. 


The Light in Darkness, Lawrence Kirsch’s collection of Springsteen fan stories and amazing photos from the 1978 Darkness tour, has less than 35 copies left available in its limited edition. Lawrence’s previous Springsteen book, For You Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans, is sold out.

“You might not know where to begin to get the perfect gift for the Springsteen fan in your life. You cannot do better than The Light in Darkness book”. ~ David Lifton

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975Treasure trove of BTR-era photos 
The photography of Barbara Pyle is already familiar to many Springsteen fans and Backstreets readers: you’ve seen her images in both the 1989 and 1992 editions of the Backstreets books, in Talk About a Dream, and certainly, thanks to her kindness and love for the Big Man, all over the Clarence Clemons tribute issue.
But you’ve never seen this much of it. Packed with more than 150 color and black-and-white photographs, many of them never published, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 1975 is a jewel of a hardback celebrating the 40th of anniversary of Born to Run. Order your copy from

And of course we recommend Peter Chianca’s Glory Days: Springsteen’s Greatest Albums — granted it’s hard to wrap because it’s an eBook, but you can always get it as a treat for yourself, a steal at only $2.30 on Amazon!

Christopher Phillips is the editor of Backstreets magazine and web master of go-to fansite, and his collaborator Louis P. Masur is an American Studies professor at Rutgers, NJ and author of Runaway Dream, one of the best of the recent slew of Springsteen books.
Talk About A Dream, their collection of interviews with Bruce Springsteen draws from his four-decade career. Most of Talk’s 428 pages contain material unique to the volume, all of it revealing, much of it absolutely essential. You don’t have to get further than page 30 for evidence: That’s where you’ll find “The Lost Interviews” from 1975, a series of sit-downs with European press that were locked in a vault for years; they were excerpted in Backstreets magazine in the ‘90s but never published in full, until now.It’s a loss that needed to be rectified: Catching Springsteen on the cusp of his first major success, it cements themes and attitudes he would go back to again and again during his career. Using primarily Springsteen’s own words pays big dividends, and not just because fans will be able to hear his Jersey cadences and full-throated laugh in their heads as they go. He’s remarkably open and thoughtful, and you can see him gradually building and shaping the themes and concerns that have marked his career: his responsibility to the audience, the forces that drive his writing — from the psychological to the sociological — and the fact that he takes his job deadly seriously, no matter how much fun it is.


You can’t go wrong with a Springsteen painting. Or maybe you can. But we prefer photographic imagery for our walls, visit, featuring some of the best Bruce Springsteen concert shots this side of the Mississippi. And be sure to say hello to Rocco for us.


An on line store featuring hand crafted wristbands, Brucelets, necklaces and key chains made special by adding a date of your choice. And new at BruceBuds, fantastic pewter wristbands available in various crystals, colours and sizes.

These beautiful leather cuffs are embellished with either Brucebuds, Born To Run or E Street Nation. And if that is not enough, discover the BruceBuds Pin Badge Bundle:Pin 1: Round standard pin badge with a diameter of 32mm with the Brucebuds “Born To Run” logo. Pin 2: hand made Pewter “The Boss” Pin badge with two fixings – See the whole range at: BruceBuds.



From the Emily McDowell Studio.

- 11oz ceramic mug
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- Comes boxed for easy gifting (or keeping)
- Design is printed on both sides of mug

Not technically a Bruce item, but it works, n’est pas?


Bruce Springsteen – One Night in 1978
Patrick Harbron

• ‘One Night In 1978’ is a limited photo edition of 50 box sets and 2 artist’s proofs.
• Each contains six (6) different – 9”x12”, 310 gsm archival prints, signed and numbered
• They are made from high resolution scans of the original film negatives.
• Four of the six photographs were recently discovered files.
• The cloth covered box is hand made specifically for this edition by Samantha Couture of Fly Leaf Bindery.

For more information and to order:  Darkness on the Edge of Town- One Night in 1978
Pat Harbron took these photographs on the ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ tour in Toronto, Ontario at Maple Leaf Gardens / Concert Bowl on November 16, 1978.

All images copyright Patrick Harbron


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Bruce Springsteen – Ramrod (The River Tour, Tempe 1980)

“Ramrod” from the Tempe 1980 concert film, newly produced from footage professionally filmed on four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The concert film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs , and is included in The Ties That Bind:The River Collection.

Limited Edition Bruce Springsteen book, The Light in Darkness.
IF you have ever considered buying this book, Now is the time.
The book focuses on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce’s iconic 4th album
and 1978 tour. Jam packed with over 100 fan stories and 200 original classic
photos from the 1978 tour, including a full 16 pages dedicated to the 1978 Cleveland
Agora concert, this book is a must have.
With less than 40 copies left, now is the time to order this collectible book.
And to sweeten the offer, we are offering savings on Shipping anywhere in the
world. The perfect gift for the Springsteen fan in your life.
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Bruce Springsteen’s Video Archivist Breaks Down Huge New ‘River’ Box Set

New Bruce Springsteen "The River" Box Set

In July 1981, Thom Zimny went to the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey and saw Bruce Springsteen in concert for the first time. The venue had just opened its doors to the public, and Springsteen stopped by to kick off the final leg of his River world tour. “I can still remember the arc of the show,” Zimny says. “It had quiet moments, but also celebrations.”

Two decades later, Zimny began working with Springsteen when he edited his Live in New York City HBO special, and since then has directed in-depth documentaries about the making of Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. His latest project is Ties That Bind: The River Collection, an upcoming box set featuring a new documentary about the making of The River, a concert shot in Tempe, Arizona, in 1980 and footage of the band rehearsing.

Limited edition Bruce Springsteen book, The Light in Darkness.
IF you have ever considered buying this book, Now is the time.
The book focuses on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce’s iconic 4th album
and 1978 tour. Jam packed with over 100 fan stories and 200 original classic
photos from the 1978 tour, this book is a must have.
With less than 40 copies left, now is the time to order this collectible book.
And to sweeten the offer, we are offering Savings on Shipping anywhere in the
Save Now- Order Your Copy Here: The Light in Darkness

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Libro de Bruce Springsteen
Edición Limitada para fans del Boss.
El libro contiene más de 200 fotos inéditas del año en el que el “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
consagró a Bruce ‪Springsteen‬. En el libro, un homenaje al Boss y a aquellos días sin limusinas ni jets privados en que uno podía darle la mano sin tener que chocar con guardaespaldas…
compre aquí: The Light in Darkness

Libro Bruce Springsteen "The Light in Darkness"

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“For You” Book Raffle Benefitting the Montreal General Hospital

In support of the Montreal General Hospital’s Fall 2015 fundraising campaign, Lawrence Kirsch, publisher of “For You, Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans” and “The Light in Darkness,” is holding a raffle with a chance to win a brand new copy of “For You,” which has been sold out since December 2008.


The generosity of donors, volunteers and auxiliaries has made the MUHC what it is today…these precious funds are used for the benefit of current and future patients at the MGH. This time I am donating funds in loving memory of my mother, Mrs. Aileen Kirsch, to benefit the Neurology Department.

To help raise funds, I am raffling a brand new signed copy (by the publisher) of For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans.

If you missed your chance to purchase a copy of this limited-edition book, or even if you just want a second copy to keep as a collector’s item, now is your opportunity. First edition copies of “For You” often sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay, when you can find a copy.

Each $10 ticket you purchase gives you one chance to win and a $15 ticket gives you three chances to win the book. The contest is open to everyone and tickets can be bought from September 24 – October 9, 2015. You can enter to win here: and, where the winner will be announced October 12, 2015.


Participants can enter the contest as many times as they wish and all proceeds go to the Montreal General Hospital. The book, autographed by the publisher, will be shipped to the winner free of charge anywhere in the world, so everyone is encouraged to enter.

You can help the fund raising efforts for the 2015 campaign by participating in the raffle for a copy of For You. All monies collected will be donated to the Montreal General Hospital.

The Montreal General Hospital, founded in 1821, enjoys a distinguished world reputation, as well as an impressive history of community service. The Montreal General Hospital, a pioneer hospital in North America, introduced teaching at the bedside and founded the first medical school in Canada — the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.

The hospital has remained allied as a teaching hospital for the century and a half of the Faculty’s existence. The Montreal General Hospital is dedicated to patient care through diagnosis, treatment, research and teaching.

“Through the years, I’ve read almost every book written about Springsteen. Some are great and many are not. Over time, I’ve even become cynical when I hear about new books. In the last few years, there have been a plethora of coffee table book releases in the Springsteen world. Each one in itself is a gorgeous work of art that will glisten on your polished coffee table. However, chances are you are still missing the ultimate Bruce Springsteen keepsake: For You. When I heard about this book a year ago, I dismissed it thinking I didn’t really need yet another glorified coffee table book. I was wrong, dead wrong. For You takes the reader on a magical, mystical and poignant journey through forty years of Bruce Springsteen’s life. It’s a time machine to the past where tickets were once $7, the E Street Band was a boy’s only club, Steve Van Zandt looked like a member of Jimmy Buffet’s band and most of the members of the E Street Band could have begun their own television show – ‘Stashin.’ I wasn’t impressed with the book, I was bowled over.

Anthony Kuzminski

“In reading For You, at first it’s hard to believe that one performer could possibly have touched this many people this deeply – lifted them from depression, kept them from suicide, helped them through divorce or the death of a parent, or worse, a child. But story after story reveals just how much Springsteen’s music and his almost superhuman presence on the concert stage have penetrated people’s lives and, in as much as it is possible for music to do so, made them whole.

In fact, there’s a running theme of these reminiscences, one that is sure to warm any Bruce fan’s heart: that you are not crazy. Not crazy for seeing dozens or even hundreds of concerts; not crazy for feeling that Springsteen’s songs and lyrics have actually helped carry you through some of life’s toughest moments; not crazy to think that this man whom you’ve never met has and continues to fill some kind of void in your life.”

Peter Chianca
Excerpt from Blogness on the Edge of Town

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For You Book A supporto della campagna di fundraising per l’autunno 2015 del Montreal General Hospital, Lawrence Kirsch, editore di “For You, Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans” e “The Light in Darkness,” promuove una lotteria di beneficenza con la possibilità di vincere una copia nuova di “For You”, titolo ormai andato esaurito già da dicembre 2008. Ora, per la prima volta, hai la possibilità di vincere una copia nuova di questo libro da collezione estremamente raro.


È la generosità dei donatori, dei volontari e degli ausiliari che ha reso il McGill University Health Centre ciò che è oggi… questi preziosi fondi sono utilizzati a beneficio degli attuali e futuri pazienti del Montreal General Hospital. Questa volta intendo donare fondi alla memoria di mia madre, Mrs. Aileen Kirsch, in favore del Dipartimento di Neurologia.

Per aiutare a raccogliere fondi metto in palio una copia nuova e autografata (dall’editore) di For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans.

Se hai perso l’occasione di comprare una copia di questo libro a tiratura limitata, oppure se ne vuoi una seconda copia da conservare come pezzo da collezione, questo è il momento. Le copie della prima edizione di “For You” costano spesso centinaia di dollari su eBay, sempre che se ne riesca a trovare una.

Ogni biglietto da $10 offre una possibilità di vincere e un biglietto da $15 offre tre possibilità di vincere una copia. La gara è aperta a tutti e i biglietti sono acquistabili a partire dal 24 settembre al 9 ottobre 2015. Partecipa qui: e, dove i vincitori saranno annunciati il 12 ottobre 2015.


Si può partecipare alla gara un numero illimitato di volte e tutti i ricavi andranno al Montreal General Hospital. Il libro, autografato dall’editore, sarà inviato al vincitore gratuitamente in tutto il mondo, perciò tutti sono invitati a partecipare.

Puoi aiutare gli sforzi per la campagna di raccolta fondi del 2015 partecipando alla lotteria con in palio una copia di For You. Tutto il denaro raccolto sarà donato al Montreal General Hospital.

Il Montreal General Hospital, fondato nel 1821, ha un’autorevole reputazione a livello mondiale ed una straordinaria storia per i suoi servizi alla comunità. Ospedale pioniere in Nordamerica, ha introdotto l’insegnamento in presenza del paziente e fondato la prima scuola di medicina in Canada — la Facoltà di Medicina alla McGill University.

Per tutto il secolo e mezzo di vita della Facoltà, la ha affiancata come ospedale di insegnamento. Il Montreal General Hospital è dedito alla cura dei pazienti attraverso diagnosi, cura, ricerca e insegnamento.


“Nel corso degli anni ho letto quasi tutti i libri scritti su Springsteen. Alcuni sono eccellenti e molti no. Col passare del tempo sono perfino diventato cinico quando sento parlare di nuovi libri. Negli ultimi anni c’è stata una pletora di pubblicazioni illustrate da collezione nel mondo springsteeniano. Ciascuno, di per sé, è una meravigliosa opera d’arte da far brillare sul tavolino del soggiorno. Eppure, è probabile che vi stiate perdendo il non plus ultra su Bruce Springsteen: For You. Quando sentii parlare di questo libro un anno fa, lo archiviai pensando che non avevo veramente bisogno di un altro incensato volume da collezione. Mi sbagliavo, mi sbagliavo di brutto. For You porta il lettore in un viaggio magico, mistico e intenso attraverso quarant’anni della vita di Bruce Springsteen. È una macchina del tempo verso il passato quando i biglietti costavano 7$, la E Street Band era un club di soli maschi e Steve Van Zandt pareva uscito dalla band di Jimmy Buffett […]. Non sono rimasto impressionato da quel libro, sono rimasto sopraffatto.

Anthony Kuzminski

“Leggendo For You, all’inizio è difficile credere che un artista abbia toccato così profondamente così tante persone – sollevate dalla depressione, trattenute dal suicidio, aiutate attraverso un divorzio o la morte di un genitore o, peggio, di un figlio. Ma storia dopo storia rivela quanto la musica di Springsteen e la sua presenza quasi sovrumana sul palco abbiano penetrato la vita delle persone e, per quanto sia possibile alla musica fare ciò, le abbiano completate.

“In effetti c’è un tema ricorrente in queste reminiscenze, uno che sicuramente scalderà il cuore ad ogni fan di Bruce: che non sei pazzo. Non sei pazzo se hai visto decine o persino centinaia di concerti; non sei pazzo se senti che le canzoni e i testi di Springsteen ti hanno veramente aiutato ad attraversare alcuni dei momenti più duri della vita; non sei pazzo se pensi che quest’uomo, che non hai mai incontrato, ha riempito e continua a riempire una specie di vuoto nella tua vita.”

Peter Chianca
Excerpt from Blogness on the Edge of Town


“Un libro spettacolare intitolato For You è uno dei migliori libri su Bruce Springsteen che siano mai stati pubblicati.”

Stan Goldstein NJ.Com


Per favore, aiutaci a condividere la notizia della lotteria per For You su Facebook e Twitter.



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