I don’t have much in the way of memorabilia, but some of what I have is pretty special. Here are some of the artifacts from my humble collection.
This is my framed poster of the historic Bottom Line Performances. This poster was pasted all over New York City the week before the shows in August, 1975. I was walking across town when I saw a man selling unused ones out of the back of an old station wagon. There were probably five of them. It measures 30″ x 42″ and is archival mounted. I paid $5.00 for it then and have since been offered as much as $1,000.00. I am tempted to take it to Pawn Stars just to get it appraised and no, I would not accept half its worth from Rick Harrison. I couldn’t imagine selling this and I also can’t imagine Rick telling me anything about Bruce that I wouldn’t already know.
When I was exiting Met Life Stadium in the New Jersey meadowlands, after the July 28, 2012 show, I was handed this promotional poster advertising E Street Radio on Serius Radio. It measures 13″ x 19″ and makes a great display holder for my concert tickets.
I bought these copies of Time and Newsweek the week Bruce appeared simultaneously (October 27, 1975) on the weekly magazine covers, the first time it ever happened in those publications’ histories. Time lionized him and correctly predicted his super stardom while Newsweek’s coverage was skeptical and dismissive. Note: Time magazine is still on the newsstand.
Every morning Dave Herman played a Springsteen song to wake everyone up on his morning show. He called it “Bruce Juice.” After the Madison Square Garden concert in August, 1978 as we exited via the stairways, the heat was stifling. Inside the arena was air conditioned but the night air of an hot August steamed up the staircases. By the time we reached the bottom, we were really thirsty and there was a man handing out cartons of Bruce Juice. They looked an awful lot like orange juice and I remember being a tiny bit disappointed to find them empty because I was dying of thirst. Looking back, had they contained real orange juice, I probably would have thrown them out. Because they were dry they were preserved all these years. Look closely and you’ll see “The price you pay: free” 100% pure rock ‘n roll, grade E Street, no artificial anything, shake well, keep cool, this ride is free, Rosie, warning, may be habit forming, Under “content” it lists the entire band, the seven classic members. A legend explains the idea behind Bruce Juice as “A three minute serving from Dave Herman between 7 and 8 am on WNEW-FM equals 100% US recommended daily allowance of vitamins B, E Street and R&R.”