June 20th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
On Sept. 20, 1975, I sat 10 feet from Clarence Clemons for four hours, as Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band rocked Darby Gym on the campus of Grinnell College, a small college located in an Iowa town of the same name.
The band had been booked a year earlier for what now seems a ridiculously low amount of money, the performance coming roughly a month before Springsteen simultaneously graced the covers of TIME and Newsweek magazines.
Dormitory presidents, such as myself, were warned to make sure that room doors and windows were locked, as virtually the entire student body (numbering some 1,200) was expected to be inside the aging brick gymnasium and there were concerns about outsiders flocking to the campus in hopes of getting inside (those hoards never materialized). FULL POST
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