An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Bruce Springsteen as you've never seen him before. This collection includes more than seventy black-and-white photographs by photographer Eric Meola, lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, and an essay by Joyce Millman.
Eric Meola first saw Bruce Springsteen perform in 1973 at New York's legendary club Max's Kansas City. He began photographing Springsteen the following year, just before the release of his breakthrough album, Born to Run, for which Meola shot the cover album art. Meola continued photographing Springsteen throughout his early career, most notably from 1977 through 1979, when Springsteen was emerging as a bona-fide rock star.
This carefully curated collection of images gives us a revelatory look at Springsteen as he was coming to terms with his newfound success and creating the music for his fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. Complete with an introduction from Meola, an insightful end-of-book essay by Joyce Millman, and running lyrics to several of Springsteen's songs, this book also shows how Meola's evocative portraits reveal Springsteen as he really was--an artist at the crossroads of his fledgling career, writing about dark themes and finding redemption through his own words and image.
About the Author
Eric Meola's photographs can be found in private and public collections, including the International Center of Photography in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. His images have appeared in numerous magazines, including Life, Travel & Leisure, Esquire, and Time. Streets of Fire: Bruce Springsteen in Photographs and Lyrics 1977-1979 is his fifth book. He lives in Sagaponack, New York.
“Eric Meola’s new book of Bruce Springsteen photographs is visually stunning...his mastery of black and white photography is very evident between the covers of this new work. Prepare to view a young and vibrant Bruce in all his glory at an important time in the artist’s life.”
-Frank Stefanko, photographer/author of Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen
“In Streets of Fire--photographs from the Darkness on the Edge of Town era--we see a young Springsteen in all his bluster, doubt and resilience. In these portraits of a man still struggling for his identity, we get soul-piercing glimpses into the heart of a true American icon.”
-Peter Ames Carlin, author of BRUCE
“For anyone under the misimpression that Eric Meola’s work with Bruce Springsteen begins and ends with his iconic Born to Run image, Streets of Fire is a revelation. For those of us well aware that their collaboration continued, the photographer’s new book is a long-awaited treasure.”
-Christopher Phillips, editor of Backstreets Magazine and Backstreets.com