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IU Libraries employee travels far and wide to hear Bruce Springsteen

Feb. 8, 2017

How far would you travel to hear the music you love live? For Anne Haines, web content specialist for IU Libraries, the answer is almost anywhere in the United States.

Anne Haines

Anne Haines helps a student at Herman B Wells Library. | PHOTO BY CHAZ MOTTINGER, IU COMMUNICATIONS

In 2016, Haines drove over 5,000 miles to see some of her favorite bands perform. It was mostly for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band that she jumped in her car and hit the road.

She saw Springsteen five times last year.

“Bruce is the one I’ll drive the farthest for or get on a plane for,” Haines said.

Haines has been a Springsteen fan since she was a teenager and saw him live for the first time in 1978.

“I can’t imagine what life would be like without his music,” she said.

Although she’s been a Springsteen fan for a long time, Haines didn’t start “road tripping” for concerts regularly until 2008.

When she saw Springsteen that year in Indianapolis, she realized that she needed to start getting out to more live shows.

Despite being ill, E Street Band organist Danny Federici made a special guest appearance to perform at the show. He died a month later of melanoma.

Haines decided then, “If you love a band, you’ve got to go see them when you can.”

She started buying tickets, and she’s come to love planning for her travels -- figuring out where she’ll stop along the way, researching and booking hotels and contacting friends in the area to arrange to meet up.

“I’m a control freak when it comes to my own travel,” she said. “I have to keep a list of what’s upcoming, so I don’t double-book myself.”

She started logging her miles about three years ago just to see how far she’d gone, and she sometimes shares concert-going experiences on her blog.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen performs in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2012. | PHOTO BY ANNE HAINES

Her love of music has taken her all over the country to Kansas City, Missouri; Atlanta; Pittsburgh and Mansfield, Massachusetts. She’s also happy to listen to music when it comes closer to home in Nashville, Tennessee, St. Louis; Chicago; or the Buskirk-Chumley in Bloomington.

Haines is an IU alum and has been an IU employee for just over 30 years.

“People I work with, some of them think I’m just nuts,” she said with a laugh. “Some people buy good wine; I buy concert tickets.”

Avid music fans or not, Haines likes her co-workers and her job at IU.

“Librarians and people who work in the library are interesting, smart people,” she said.

She also enjoys helping out at the reference desk twice a week.

“It’s a lot of fun feeling like you can actually help faculty and students,” she said.

Most of the time, Haines is at her computer, but she remembers when she was an undergraduate and had to use the printed card catalog. When she first started working at the library in October 1999, one of her first responsibilities was answering questions about Y2K.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” she said.

While libraries and library technology may not be like it used to, seeing Springsteen and other musicians live remains the same great experience for Haines as always. 

“He’s an amazing live performer,” she said. “Live music lets you be in the moment.”

Haines’ has yet to book a Springsteen show for this year, but she already has tickets to see Tom Petty, U2, Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders, as well as a few concerts at the Buskirk-Chumley. 

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