NEW YORK, July 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlindedByTheLight.com, an online museum that features the largest Bruce Springsteen exhibit ever seen, has just launched in commemoration of the 30th anniversary release-date of "Born In The USA"– the most successful recording of Bruce's career. With over 310 rare artifacts collected from all over the world, the museum celebrates the life and music of one of rock music's greatest legends. Spanning more than half-century, these items have been verified by multiple credible sources and experts -- including those who have known and/or worked with Bruce first-hand. BlindedByTheLight.com ensures that each item is 100% authentic: proof-positive of this is the fact that several of the items in the collection have even been loaned to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Viewers are able to zoom in at close range to any item, a feature that is unique to this site. A "ticket" to attend the museum costing $9.99, will allow viewers to leisurely tour its vast collection for an entire month and in some cases get closer to items than they would ever be able to in person. Other choice items include:
- Bruce's 1957 Chevy Bel Air in which he wrote the album "Born To Run."
- An early address book with phone numbers of band-mates along with lyrics to "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd St?"
- A rare photo from 1972 of Bruce and his father dressed up as "Pancho Villa" and "Cisco" taken in Tijuana, Mexico
- Bruce's first driver's license from California
- His 8th–grade report card from St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (with a surprisingly low mark in music!).
The "All-Access" monthly subscription will also allow fans to join customized chat rooms and place classified ads on a "Bruce-Exchange". Each month at least 30-50 new items will be added to the museum. Anyone with an all access subscription will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an artifact whose value is at least $10,000. ULTIMATELY, BRUCE'S 1957 CHEVY BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE WILL BE OFFERED AS A CONTEST PRIZE.
BlindedByTheLight.com was founded by Michael Crane, who has been an ardent fan of Bruce's since he was seven years old. Crane, who is a recognized Bruce Springsteen historian (contributing to exhibits in both The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and the Rock Annex in New York City), created BBTL.com as a "one-stop shop" for all that is best about Bruce. Created by a fan for fans, it grants them the unique opportunity of having a totally intimate viewing experience with the quintessential rock legend of our time from the convenience of a computer, tablet or Smartphone.