Annual Bruce Springsteen Holiday Gift Guide – 2020

(Original list inspiration by Pete Chianca – Blogness on the Edge of Town)

If you’re anything like me, it’s never to early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. Let’s face it, in the time of COVID we have little choice but to sit at home, dreaming about attending live concerts, or watching football, tweeting, checking your FB pages, repeat… 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:

MUSIC

By far, the most anticipated holiday offering this season is Letter to You, Bruce Springsteen’s new album and docu style film with the E Street Band.

“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” he said in a statement. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Here is what is on the album:

In addition to nine new songs, the album also includes fresh recordings of three songs that predate Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.: “Janey Needs A Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest” and “Song for Orphans.”

With no live concerts in the near future, this is the best us fans can hope for.

BOOKS

For You Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans

Did you miss out on owning one of the best-loved Bruce Springsteen books of the last ten years? For You Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans is a limited edition book first published in 2007. It has been sold out since 2009. It can occasionally be found on eBay and Amazon on auction for $300+. Now a decade later a limited edition reprint of the original book, including all the amazing stories and rarely seen photos is available again. Two hundred and eight pages jam packed with memories and over 400 photos shared by Springsteen fans from over 30 countries. Less than 275 copies left in its limited edition.

A spectacular book called For You is one of the best Bruce Springsteen books ever published. What’s real special about this is that it’s all about Bruce and his fans. Put together by Lawrence Kirsch of Canada, the 208-page book is a collection of recollections from fans about Bruce from the early 1970s to 2008. This marvellous collection of hundreds of fan tales, testimonials and memories also features tons of fan photographs of Bruce and the E Street Band over the years. Many of these photographs have never been published.
– Stan Goldstein

You might not know where to begin to get the perfect gift for the Springsteen fan in your life. You cannot do better than For You”. 
– David Lifton, UltimateClassicRock.com

Available only Online Here: For You

Book and Tour of the NJ Shore

When you make that pilgrimage to explore Bruce Springsteen’s Jersey Shore, of course you want to see the locations that Bruce has sung about, talked about in concert, in his autobiography and Broadway show. There’s so much to see in Asbury Park, Freehold, Belmar and many other towns.

The book, “Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore,” written by longtime Jersey Shore residents and tour guides Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle, is your essential guide to all the places Bruce, Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi and others famous and not so famous. The close to 200-page book is filled with the addresses and locations of those must-see Springsteen-related places: the Stone Pony, Tenth Avenue and E Street, Bruce’s childhood homes in Freehold, the house he wrote the entire “Born to Run” album in and so much more. Plus there’s more than 200 photos of Bruce and other music icons through the years of their Jersey Shore history. The book is available through the website www.njrockmap.com

Stan and Jean are also available for private Springsteen-related tours of the area. They have given tours to thousands of fans for more than 20 years and love not only pointing out and taking you to all these special locations, but sharing their personal Springsteen stories.  They may be reached at njrockmap@aol.com for more information on the tours.

Glory Days : Springsteen’s Greatest Albums

And don’t forget Peter Chianca’s book of essays, “Glory Days: Springsteen’s Greatest Albums” — the 2019 updated edition features a new chapter analyzing Springsteen’s first two albums, and a section with the most popular recent posts from the Blogness on the Edge of Town blog. Get it on Amazon for $5.99 paperback or $3.99 eBook!

SPRING-NUT SWAG

The Spring-Nut Group was created in August of 2015, this group was designed as a refuge for the rabid Springsteen fan. This is where Tramps can get their daily “fix” to cure their Springsteen withdrawals. It’s a group that premises on daily POSITIVE worldwide fan interaction.

Here are two great holiday gift ideas that can be ordered directly from the group’s admins: www.springnutsworldwide.com/shop

FINE ART 

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


MUG

Find these mugs on Amazon.com

BLOW THE BUDGET

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) – 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

Stay safe everyone and Happy Shopping!

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