“I saw rock’n’roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,” said journalist Jon Landau 40 years ago. Since then, the Boss has become one of the most iconic artists of all time. In his book ‘Springsteen: Album By Album’, Ryan White gives an overview of Bruce’s entire career, aided by over 250 images – here’s a selection of 11 of the best snaps…
Taken by photographer Frank Stefanko in 1978. Speaking about the shot, Stefanko said he had wanted to get into Springsteen’s mind for the portrait and so had “imagined what it would be like to be Bruce, cruising that Vette up the Pike… thinking up song ideas.”
Another Stefanko shot, this time taken in 1982 as Springsteen was preparing to release his album ‘Nebraska’. According to Stefanko, the LP’s sparser, more acoustic sound initially bamboozled fans.
An all-star fundraiser in aid of the Rainforest Alliance, shot on February 12, 1990. Singer Bruce Hornsby later described the event as “a bunch of leaders playing sidemen and butchering each others’ tunes.”
Taken from a 1995 shoot with snapper Neal Preston, the shot captures the Boss as he works in the studio on his ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
“The sitdown at Shellow’s”: a band portrait taken by Frank Stefanko in East Camden, New Jersey in 1978.
Springsteen strutting in the stalls during his Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, 1978 (credited to Corbis).
Portrait by Frank Stefanko, 1978. He shot the covers for Springsteen’s albums ‘The River’ and ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’.
The E-Street Band, photographed by Stefanko.
Springsteen sporting his famous bandana, in a shot taken by Aaron Rapoport for Rolling Stone magazine in 1984.
Springsteen’s shows in the mid to late 70s became the stuff of legend. Here he is onstage at the University Of California, Santa Barbara in November 1975 (Rex Features/Andre Csillag).
Sleepy Springsteen: another shot, this time of the dozing Boss, from Frank Stefanko, taken in 1978.