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Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Second Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870318
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Stefanko's photos appear on the cover of Springsteen's albums Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River, as well as in the packages for Springsteen's Greatest Hits, Live 1975-1985 and Tracks. He lives in Philadelphia. Chris Murray is the founder and director of the Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Miller on November 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
1978 was a key moment in Bruce Springsteen's career, and Frank Stefanko was there to capture it in black and white. In these photos, you see a rock star breaking out, but still struggling and working his [tail] off. Stefanko had not even heard the Darkness album when he took the photos that would lead to its cover (and the cover of The River), but he captured the mood and the tone perfectly, of both the music and the musician. Even if you're not into photo books, if you have an interest in Springsteen, do yourself a favor and get this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By THEPYR8 on September 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have never seen a book of this type where the pictures and text fit together so perfectly. But those are just the tangible things. This book seems to give you a look into Bruce Springsteen's soul -- such a deep look that you almost feel as if you're intruding where you don't belong. But as a fan of the man as well as the music, I can see why Bruce chose this photographer. The pictures show him as he wants to be seen. As I said, truly a most amazing book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on January 20, 2004
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This is a wonderful book. The photographs are uniformly compelling and insightful, as is the text. The reader is treated to a rare, unvarnished glimpse of an American hero about to "burst like a supernova." The images are timeless, and harken back to a simpler, perhaps more poignant time -- before MTV and the Internet changed the way we obtained and enjoyed our music. The author's spare text is thoughtful without being intrusive; a perfect compliment to the compelling images that accompany it. The text conveys a straightforward warmth and appreciation for the author's subject that are both refreshing and inspiring. This is a book to pore over, savor, and return to. Thank you, Frank, for sharing your gift -- and thank you, Bruce, for recognizing his genius, and for allowing us a little glimpse of yours.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Frank Stefanko's photos chronicle Bruce Springsteen from 1978 to 1982 -- pictures from small-scale photo shoots of "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," and "Nebraska."
These remarkable photos capture the essence of who Springsteen was at that particular time in his life. A time when his musical career had just taken off, but he was still struggling with questions about his role as an artist, about who he was, and where he was going.
Frank Stefanko is undoubtedly a gifted photographer. Someone who was ideally suited and, dare I say, intended to take these pictures. There is a once-in-a-lifetime magic to almost every shot, for Springsteen was writing for and about characters just like Stefanko. Every note of Bruce's work embodies the sadness and hope of people learning to live with dreams found and lost. These photos get to the heart of those characters and this artist. Not surprising, since they were taken by a man seeing his world and his entire life right in front of him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
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The second edition has just been released from a new publisher. It is now in hard-cover with a new dust jacket photo of Springsteen called "Bound." A greater treat is the actual cover which shows a wrap-around picture of Bruce and his 1960 Corvette. The text and photos are essentially the same. But the lay-out is cleaner and some of the photos have been cleaned up as well. The quality is superior overall, and the book should hold up better than the paperback. my comments from the first edition, below, still stand.

This book rocks! The 8o portraits of Bruce are sharp, edgy, and startling. Most of these pics have never been seen before. They are not mere snapshots, nor fuzzy stage shots. They are "in your face", large, clear, and with Bruce's "sharp eyes of truth" looking right at'cha.
They are accompanied by an affectionate and intimate narration by the photographer, Frank Stefanko. He chronicles his friendship and working relationship with Springsteen during those early "Days of hope and Dreams". A must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ahmet tulgar on October 10, 2006
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this is not only a book about an era in the beginning of the career of bruce, but a book about friendship as well. very nice photos. i recommend it to bruce fans
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