Artifact of the Month — December 2021

Dear Landlordess Photo

In 1974-1975 Bruce was living in a small rented cottage at 7 1/2 West End Ave in West Long Branch and writing songs for his breakthrough album, Born to Run.  The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle tour had recently ended and the band was back in the studio, first at 914 Sound Studios with manager Mike Appel, then to the Record Plant where Jon Landau and Jimmy Iovine would join the production team and the rest is history.

As Bruce’s career intensified and he spent fewer days at home, his management team assumed the responsibility of paying his bills. Bruce sent this letter in May of 1975 to his “Landlordess”, Marilyn Boyd, assuring her that the “check was in the mail”

This letter is on display at the Bruce Springsteen Live! Exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center.