Atlas Obscura Society New York: Bruce Springsteen, Beyond the Palace with Sotheby's
Gather inside a private apartment in the iconic Woolworth Building to view the working draft of Born to Run, the impassioned anthem written by American icon Bruce Springsteen in 1974 on ruled notepaper, alongside experts and musicians.
Reflecting on the record in later years, Springsteen remarked: “The music was composed very, very meticulously. So were the lyrics. The amount of time spent honing the lyrics was enormous.” Inspired by the heartfelt lyrics, we'll embark on a journey into the world of Bruce Springsteen.
Executive Editor of Pitchfork Mark Richardson joins us in conversation with Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records, for a conversation about Bruce Springsteen's creative process and to ground us in the time and place of Born to Run.
Following the discussion, there will be a guided viewing of Bruce Springsteen artifacts led by Sotheby's Head of Books & Manuscripts department Richard Austin as well as a reception. Afterwards, we'll be lead throughout to the apartment to an intimate performance inside the bedroom where F.W. Woolworth's office one stood.
There, we'll be joined by a special guest musician—one of the many influenced by Bruce Springsteen—for a close up and private performance of Bruce Springsteen songs. Allow yourself to travel back to the first time you might have heard Born To Run, sitting on a bedroom floor with enormous headphones. This is an experience true Bruce fans won't want to miss.
This event is produced in partnership with Sotheby's Fine Books & Manuscripts Department. To view their current catalog of items up for auction, including items described above, please visit this link to their online auction, open until June 28th, 2018.
ABOUT THE WOOLWORTH BUILDING
Built in 1913 and celebrated as the tallest building in the world at the time of completion in 1913, The Woolworth Buildingmajestically rises above City Hall Park at the gateway to Tribeca. It’s also said that Woolworth spared no expense on the construction, evidenced from the detailed exteriors and interiors of the graceful tower. Please note, the tower residences have a separate lobby and elevators.
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