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Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium – Thursday, April 12

Thursday, April 12, 2018

12:00pm – 7:00pm, Pollak Theatre Lobby

Registration for Pre-Conference Tour and Symposium

Time and Location TBD

Bus Tour of Asbury Park/Freehold/Belmar, led by Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle

Tour begins and leaves from Monmouth University (location to be determined).

4:00pm – 5:00pm, Pompeii Room, Wilson Hall

“Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey Music Media” Panel

Moderator: Bob Makin,

Michele Amabile Angermiller, The Boss 107.1 FM
Jay Lustig,
Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press

5:00pm – 6:00pm, Pompeii Room, Wilson Hall


6:00pm – 7:30pm, Pompeii Room, Wilson Hall

Jersey Shore Songwriters Performance

Thursday’s Performance

Jersey Shore Songwriters Performance

An intimate storyteller songwriters round of esteemed writers/artists influenced by Bruce Springsteen. Hosted by Joe Rapolla, Monmouth University Music & Theatre Department Chair and performing songwriter. Special guest artist: Matt Koma (other artists TBA). Join us in the Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall at 6:00pm.

Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore

Veteran Jersey Shore tour guides and authors of the book Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore, Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein will be providing tours of the historical Bruce Springsteen and rock ‘n’ roll sites. Jean and Stan will lead a pre-conference bus tour on Thursday, April 12th, at 11:00am, and a walking tour on Sunday, April 15th, at 10:30am.

Thursday: The Four-Hour Rock & Roll Jersey Shore Tour
In Asbury Park, you’ll see the well-known spots like The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, the Paramount Theatre, the Casino, and Madam Marie’s fortune-telling booth, as well as many other historic locations. A quick trip will be made to Belmar to see the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street (bring your camera for this outstanding photo-op).

Bruce Springsteen grew up in Freehold— and we’ll be visiting that town, which inspired the song “My Hometown.” You’ll see two of the three homes Bruce grew up in as well as the site of his first home (torn down in the 1960s). Other sites include his high school, his favorite pizza place, the store which was the inspiration for the song “Local Hero,” and the spot where he posed for a famous photo by a tree that is on the liner notes of his Born in the U.S.A. album.

The tour will also encompass other Jersey Shore towns with distinct points of interests for Springsteen fans: Colts Neck, Red Bank, Rumson, and Sea Bright.

Sunday: Rock and Roll Walking Tour of Asbury Park
In Asbury Park, you’ll see it all: The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, the boardwalk, Madam Marie, the Casino Carousel House, and the Upstage Club, where Bruce Springsteen got his start 1969. Other points of interest include the Wonder Bar, Ocean Avenue, Kingsley Street, a few places where Bruce Springsteen filmed videos, the site of the bar where Clarence Clemons met and played with Bruce Springsteen for the first time in 1971, and much, much more.


Standard conference registration for presenters is $350, which includes all conference meals, pre-conference activities, and admission to the Wonder Bar on Friday, April 13th.

Discount rates are available for members of the Monmouth University community. Undergraduate students can purchase tickets for $50. Tickets are available for $250 for graduate students, retirees, and emeritus professors. These special rates will be available at the registration table—valid ID must be presented for purchase.

Non-presenters are welcome to attend the sessions for a $20 daily fee. Meals can be purchased separately during the conference.

Non-presenters can also purchase entrance to the Wonder Bar for $10. The Wonder Bar show is a 21-and-over event—valid ID will be requested at the door.

Separate tickets are also available for the Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore. The four-hour Jersey Shore bus tour on Thursday, April 12th, will be $70. The two-hour walking tour of Asbury Park on Sunday, April 15th, will cost $40.


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