Born to Read: Celebrating the Lyrics of Springsteen

Co-presented by The Contemporary Jewish Museum

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen's 1975 masterpiece album, included in the Library of Congress’ roster of historic recordings. This homage to Springsteen’s early years in New Jersey ranks 18th in a Rolling Stone list of the Greatest 500 Albums of All Time, and made the 26-year-old an overnight sensation. Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus called Born to Run “magnificent” and said, “the stories Springsteen is telling are nothing new, though no one has ever told them better or made them matter more.”

To celebrate this seminal album’s 40th anniversary, Litquake and the CJM are presenting a one-of-a-kind celebration, including personal reminiscences and dramatic and musical interpretations. With rock critic and author Ben Fong-Torres, musician Tom Heyman, author/humorist Beth Lisick, San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia, poet Daphne Gottlieb, rock critic Joel Selvin, and music biographer and musician Sylvie Simmons.