Mike Appel is the former manager and producer for Bruce Springsteen. He started out writing, singing and performing in various bands. The guys that gave him his first big break were Hugo & Luigi, the producers of all Sam Cooke's hits, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and they wrote Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love With You". The first project he did for Hugo & Luigi was The Balloon Farm who had a Billboard Top 40 hit called "Question Of Temperature". Mike sung, played lead guitar, wrote and arranged it. He also wrote several hits for David Cassidy and The Partridge Family including “Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted” which went to number one and sold well over a million copies. Mike then went on to produce and write all the lyrics for Sir Lord Baltimore, a power trio on Mercury Records. They toured with Humble Pie (Peter Frampton & Steve Marriott) and Black Sabbath (with Ozzie Osbourne). He then discovered Bruce Springsteen and produced his first three records and managed his career as well. Mike was largely responsible for getting him on the covers of Time & Newsweek in the same week. No one ever duplicated that publicity coup to this day. Mike has recently completed a musical entitled “In The Shadows Of The King”. The musical is broadly about how young rockers, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Mike himself to name a few were all trying to emulate Elvis after his first string of successes. However, according to Mike, “all of us realized that if we were to make a name for ourselves we’d have to find our own original unique voice if we were ever to come out from the shadows of The King.” It is also about everyone finding out what is unique about themselves and following that unique road wherever it takes them. For more information on Mike, please see www.mikeappel.com.
Peter Ames Carlin is the author of BRUCE, to be published by Simon & Schuster on November 6, 2012. The book is independent (which is to say, non-authorized), but written with the cooperation and help of both Bruce and Jon Landau, who granted access to the Springsteen family, the E Street Band and many other collaborators, producers, engineers, staffers and so on. He is also the author of "Catch A Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson,"(2006) and "Paul McCartney: A Life" (2009). He was a television columnist and writer for The Oregonian newspaper from 2000-2011, a senior writer for People magazine from 1996-2000, and a freelance writer before that. He lives in Portland with his wife and kids.
Ellie Deegan is old -- even older than Bruce. President of The Lecture Bureau for almost 15 years, she has worked with many amazing people. Dropping the names would take too long. At the 2005 Glory Days Sympo (so dubbed by Gary “US" Bonds at the Pony), Ellie was talked about and interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Today, she is proud to be introducing David Masciotra, 40 years less on him, who blew her away when she read his book: WOAD - the progressive political vision of Bruce Springsteen, written by David at 23, and published when he was still younger than anyone except her grandson. (Continuum Books 2012).Their passionate Bruce discussions reflect and transcend their generational span. Ellie and her husband Tom are, they guess, retired from everything but life itself.
Ed Gallucci is a photographer with 40 years of experience. His portraits of musicians and celebrities have been published in Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Penthouse, and his editorial photographs have appeared in Business Week, Fortune, US News & World Report, Discover, New York Magazine, Psychology Today and Science magazines, as well as on more than 40 covers of Newsweek.
He is the photographic author of “Hard Corps” collaborating with author Michael Grumley, published by E.P. Dutton in 1977.
Gallucci has won over 100 advertising industry awards, including five Andys and two Clios. Thousands of his photographs have appeared on print ads, billboards, book covers, annual reports, catalogs, and brochures. His works, among them a portrait of Springsteen, are in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art permanent photography collection in Kansas City, Missouri. Gallucci was born and raised in Brooklyn, graduated high school in New Jersey, studied graphic design and photography at the Kansas City Art Institute, and founded Gallucci Studio, Inc. in New York City. He has three grown children and lives with his wife Donna in northwest New Jersey.
For more than 20 years, Richard C. Harwood has been dedicated to transforming our public and political lives by supporting individuals, organizations and communities in their quest to create change. He is a leading international authority on encouraging and empowering people to live their best public life. As the founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Rich has inspired and guided people to step forward and take action rooted in their community and stay true to themselves.
Rich is an expert contributor for the American news media including MSNBC, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN's Inside Politics, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Special Report with Brit Hume, C-SPAN, and many others.
He is also the author of Hope Unraveled, Make Hope Real, and Why We’re Here: The Powerful Impact of Public Broadcasters When They Turn Outward, and numerous studies, articles and essays that chronicle the most vital issues of our time. His most recent written work, The Work of Hope, reveals that many Americans innately feel the need to turn outward. That they crave more openness, simpler living, humility and compassion.
Rich is a teacher and speaker, inspiring hundreds of audiences, and making a strong case for his philosophy of turning outward, being relevant, choosing intentionally, and staying true to themselves and their urge to create change.
Jim Henke is the vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He has been the Hall of Fame’s chief curator since before the museum opened. He is in charge of all of the museum’s exhibits. He was the curator of the Hall of Fame’s Bruce Springsteen exhibit. Prior to coming to the Hall of Fame, Henke was an editor and writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 15 years. He wrote a cover story on Bruce Springsteen in 1992. Henke has also written several books. His first book was about Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now tour, which took place in 1988. Bruce Springsteen was one of the headliners on that tour.
Fr. Kevin Keelen grew up in Monmouth County, NJ, and attended Mater Dei High School. He received a BA from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, and attended graduate school and seminary studies at Villanova University and Catholic University. He has an MA in theology from the Washington Theological Union. Fr. Keelen was ordained a priest in 1991 and served in Campus Ministry at Merrimack College and Villanova University. Fr. Keelen has served at many parishes, among which was Holy Cross in Rumson, NJ from 1997-2002, where he became friends with Adele Springsteen and the Springsteen family. Most recently Fr. Keelen has served as pastor of St. Barnabas Parish in Bayville, NJ, and is currently pastor of both St. Aloysius and St. Monica parishes in Jackson, NJ.
Peter Knobler was the editor-in-chief of Crawdaddy, the first magazine to take rock & roll seriously, from 1972 through 1979. In December 1972, after seeing Bruce Springsteen play at Sing Sing prison and Kenny's Castaways, Knobler wrote Bruce’s first interview and profile. “He sings with a freshness and urgency I haven't heard since I was rocked by 'Like a Rolling Stone,’” Knobler wrote. Knobler's Crawdaddy discovered Springsteen in the rock press and was his earliest champion. Springsteen and the E Street Band acknowledged by giving a private performance at the Crawdaddy 10th Anniversary Party in New York City in June 1976. Crawdaddy was a generational magazine known for its profiles particularly of musicians, but also actors, athletes and other celebrities prominent in 1970s popular culture. Knobler's profiles included Sly Stone, Mel Brooks, Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Sylvester Stallone, Loudon Wainwright III, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, Stephen Stills. Under Knobler, Crawdaddy's editors often assigned artists to write about other artists; Al Kooper profiled Steve Martin, Martin Mull interviewed Woody Allen, William S. Burroughs talked magic and mysticism with Jimmy Page. The magazine included contributions from Joseph Heller, John Lennon, Tim O'Brien, Michael Herr, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, P.J. O'Rourke and Cameron Crowe, plus a roster of columnists including at times William S. Burroughs, Paul Krassner, and The Firesign Theater. While on the run from the law, Abbie Hoffman was Crawdaddy's travel editor.
Knobler now specializes in collaboration, having written best-selling books with James Carville and Mary Matalin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, William Bratton, Texan Governor Ann Richards, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Sumner Redstone, among others. He is currently working with former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. His magazine work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, More, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times sports and Op Ed pages.
Knobler has co-written songs with Chris Hillman, Steve Miller, Freedy Johnston, and the E Street Band's Garry Tallent. His songs have been recorded on Hillman's solo albums, and by McGuinn, Clark & Hillman and the Desert Rose Band. The title song of the Oak Ridge Boys' Step on Out album was a Hillman-Knobler composition.
For a brief time in the 1980s, Knobler managed the solo career of Clarence Clemons.
Knobler received a 2008-2009 Sports Emmy Award nomination for his work on the program Baseball's Golden Age. He has written championship films for the National Basketball Association and the United States Tennis Association.
Knobler is the father of Daniel Knobler, producer, songwriter and guitarist in the bands Captain Coconut and Flearoy, and co-founder of the audio/visual production company and creative collective Mason Jar Music.
David Masciotra is the author of Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen (Continuum Books, 2010). He is a columnist with PopMatters, and has written for the Daily Beast,Truthout, and the Herald News in Joliet, IL where he was a weekly political columnist. Joliet is also the setting for his new book Faith That Won't Die, a work of literary journalism about life in America's rust belt.
Nick Mead is the director of "Who Do I Think I Am?", where he journeyed across China with Clarence Clemons documenting a spiritual journey ending up in San Francisco. The film won the Spirit of New Jersey award at the 2011 Garden State Film Festival. Nick was born in London and currently lives in Venice, California. He was employed as an assistant photographer at legendary Fox Photos with his first assignment at age 18 being Miss World for Stern Magazine (youngest photographer to ever cover it). He left Fox after refusing to get his haircut and moved into Fashion Photography. He then moved into music videos and commercials, including creating and filming all the early Motorhead videos and their stage films. Nick also worked for Virgin Vision directing and producing films covering all their acts in live performance. He directed and co-wrote the documentary Black Leather Jacket, featuring Michael Vartan and narrated by Dennis Hopper, winner of The Gold Medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York. He wrote Bullseye with Michael Winner starring Michael Caine and Roger Moore; wrote Parting Shots with Michael Winner starring Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, John Cleese, Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg; wrote and directed Bank Robber, starring Patrick Dempsey, Lisa Bonet, Judge Reinhold and Forest Whitaker; wrote TV series Crocodile Shoes with Jimmy Nail; wrote and directed Swing, with Lisa Stansfield, Hugo Spear , Tom Bell, Rita Tushingham and Clarence Clemons; and wrote the song "Two Years Too Blue" for Swing, later adopted by the Spanish Lottery as their theme song. Nick has worked with 20th Century Fox adapting their classics, Hombre and Panic In The Streets. He produced and directed My First Guitar, a documentary about first guitars, featuring a wide ranging cast from Slash, Jeff Lynne, Les Paul, Tom Delonge, to Peter Frampton, Jose Felliciano, Brian Wilson and Pete Seeger. The film won the Best International Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park in April 2011. Nick is currently shooting a film about an ex-Hells Angel leader, entitled George Christie, the last American Outlaw.
When AEG decided to develop The GRAMMY Museum as part of its L.A. LIVE entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, the obvious choice to head this project was Robert Santelli. With years of experience as an executive at both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and Experience Music Project in Seattle, Santelli possessed the dynamic vision and creativity needed for this project.
Robert Santelli has been a longtime member of the Recording Academy, most recently serving as the Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter from 2001 – 2006. As founder and former president of the National Music Museum Alliance, he spearheaded the U.S. Congressional initiative to name 2003 “The Year of the Blues.”
After pursuing American Studies through graduate programs at USC and NYU, Santelli wedded his passion for music and education in 1992 when he joined the music department of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. There he established a thriving Popular Music Studies program, and he continued down this path at Rutgers University as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer.
Robert Santelli joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993, and served as the Vice President of Education and Public Programs. There he created the American Music Masters Series, the Hall of Fame Series, and Oral History Project, as well as many other educational and public programs. In 2000, Santelli joined ExperienceMusic Project as CEO and Artistic Director. There he created over 30 exhibits,many of which traveled throughout the United States and Europe, including the groundbreaking exhibit Bob Dylan’s American Journey,1956 – 1966.
A noted blues and rock historian, Santelli has authored and edited more than a dozen books, including The Big Book of Blues, The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, and his most recent work, Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, published in 2006. In addition, Santelli has written numerous articles for such magazines as Rolling Stone, CD Review, Downbeat, Backstreets, and New Jersey Monthly, along with newspapers such as the New York Times, Asbury Park Press and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Currently, Santelli is serving as Co-Chairman of "Woody at 100"— a partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives, producing numerous events celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday throughout 2012 across America and internationally. His latest book, This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song was released in March, 2012.