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Legendary unseen photographs of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Barbara Pyle’s intimate behind the scenes photographs from 1975 and the recording, rehearsing and touring of Born To Run have been eagerly awaited for forty years and are finally being published for the first time.
“I first saw Bruce and the E Street Band by accident .... I was blown away by their music. For the next year, I drove to as many of their gigs as I could reach.They jokingly started calling me their ‘official unofficial photographer.’ I was just expected to be there, and I almost always was—on my self-imposed mission to document this little known New Jersey band.” ... “I had the remarkable good fortune to spend most of the last ‘Born to Run’ months in the studio with Bruce and the band. I became sort of a living ‘good luck’ charm and was asked to be there many nights. I knew I was witnessing history in the making.
Barbara captured Springsteen and the Band as they were catapulted to stardom. She is also the only photographer who has ever been given access inside the recording studio while Springsteen is working. “Photographing Bruce and the Band on their ascent to superstardom was a hobby; but after being given such access, it became a mission.”
This stunning and intimate tome also marks the fortieth anniversary of Born to Run. Not to be missed.
• Legendary unseen photographs of Springsteen and the E Street Band.
• Previously unpublished.
• Some of most intimate and candid portraits of Bruce and E Street Band ever seen.
• Features behind-the-scenes photographs from the making of Born to Run and rare in-studio shots.
• Bruce and E Street Band photographed on their assent to stardom.
• A must-have for all Springsteen fans.
• Photographs by Barbara Pyle, Springsteen’s “official unofficial photographer”.
• Images reproduced in magnificent quality: a hallmark of R|A|P publications.
Posted by Paul Stanton on 8th Nov 2015
So said Bruce giving the game away, and who can blame him. Barbara Pyle, like Linda Eastman, would probably agree that they "lucked in" to their photo shoots from heaven but took photo's that to this day we can all look at and be thankful that they were there. About 12 months ago when faced with the prospect of buying the Born to Run album for just the 5th time, I went "Pah, no way." As per, I was wrong. A review on this very website convinced me otherwise and rightly so. Likewise, when faced with another BTR coffee table/ door stop of a book I passed. So I buy it and get the book home, open it up, go through it reading the excellent text that comes with it and of course realised that this is absolutely essential to any fan.
The facts are simple. The photos are just fabulous. You might have seen a couple before but the rest are brand new, previously unreleased, and when viewed with simple and very informative text, the effect it had on me was obvious: Put the blinkin' record on. It works big time. Two things I found out from this book are how the Time and Newsweek covers actually happened, but of most interest was a great shot of Bruce holding a cake upon which is written "Finally Oklahoma City is ready for Bruce Springsteen" Eight weeks short of the infamous Hammersmith show, he's beaming from ear to ear on account of just having got into the top ten of the US album chart. What on earth upset him so much in London? Perhaps it was the food. One super snap finds him in New Orleans, Cajun capital of the deep south and home to the Creole gastronome's nirvana. So where is Bruce dining? MCDONALDS!! God bless him."You can take the boy out of Jersey but you can't take ........."
On Nov 18th 2015, a certain road warrior buddy of mine will be in his front room playing the Hammersmith DVD. Why? because he was there that's why. But my god did it cost him. He recently found his ticket and on it was the number £1. This book is essential to all fans and unlike previous tomes is actually printed on the paper it deserves. These books frequently appear as limited editions at bank busting prices but at £30 this is superb VFM. My better and only slightly older half was I admit dismayed when I walked in with this the other day because she had pencilled it in as the perfect stocking filler. Slip this review into Santa's mailbox and see if he pops it down your chimney. When you get to the page with Roy and Clarence standing underneath the Exxon sign, I bet you go "WOW"