Bruce Springsteen Archives and Monmouth University Center for American Music Appoint Robert Santelli as Executive Director


originally published: 10/10/2022

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — The Bruce Springsteen Archives and American Music Center at Monmouth University appointed Robert Santelli as Executive Director. Santelli will oversee the Springsteen Archive and work to create programs, exhibits and collaborations with music museums and universities across the country.

Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, President of Monmouth University and Chairman of the Board of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, said: “I am thrilled to have Bob officially join our team as we grow our partnership. with Bruce Springsteen. to house its archives here on campus and to expand our American music programs, for which there is such a wonderful history here in New Jersey and especially on the Jersey Shore.

Jon Landau, Springsteen’s longtime director and vice president of the Bruce Springsteen Center and Archive for American Music, added, “Bob Santelli, with his Jersey Shore roots and background in music history, is the best no one to oversee the Springsteen Collection and create a vibrant center for American musical education and experiences. Bob was at the Stone Pony in the early 70s when Bruce started playing there, writing reviews for Asbury Park Press, and has been a good friend ever since.

A GRAMMY Award-winning music historian, producer and educator, Santelli was the founding executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including the New York Times Bestseller, Greetings from Asbury Park: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Santelli also produces the American strings series and lectures on popular music and the music industry at Oregon State University, affiliated with both the GRAMMY Museum and the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

A lifelong music journalist, Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and vice president of education and public programs before leading Paul Allen’s Experience Music project in Seattle. While at the GRAMMY Museum, Santelli created the popular “An Evening With…” series of public programs and developed more than 50 exhibits, including Woody Guthrie, Frank Sinatra, and Leonard Bernstein’s centennial celebrations.

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Santelli was also executive producer of the famous public television series, Performing at the White House and worked closely with First Lady Michelle Obama to present more than a dozen music education programs at the White House during the Obama administration.

“I am honored to serve my alma mater and to join Archives Director Eileen Chapman as one of the stewards of Bruce Springsteen’s incredible legacy,” Santelli said. “The opportunity to bring the Archives and the Center for American Music into the cultural and educational landscapes of the nation is a rare opportunity that I deeply appreciate.”

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and American Music Center at Monmouth University serves as the official archival repository for the written works, photographs, periodicals and artifacts of Bruce Springsteen. The Center preserves and promotes the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating American music icons like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra and others. The archive includes nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries, ranging from books and concert memorabilia to articles and promotional material. The collection meets the research and information needs of music fans, scholars, authors, and others with a serious interest in the life and career of Bruce Springsteen.

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