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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (March 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789303922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789303929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn Goldsmith is a multi-award-winning portrait and documentary photographer whose work has been featured on the cover and in the pages of magazines such as Life, Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. She is best known for her work with musicians. Named as one of the top ten photographers in the history of rock 'n' roll by American Photo magazine, Goldsmith has photographed some of the most influential musicians and groups in popular music, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, and Michael Jackson. In 1986, she received the Lucien Clerque Award for images in rock 'n' roll, and she was the first to have a museum exhibition of rock imagery, at the International Center of Photography in New York. Goldsmith has contributed images to many highly acclaimed photographic books, among them Rolling Stone's Images of Rock & Roll, and she has published six books of her own, including PhotoDiary and the New York Times bestseller New Kids, both published by Rizzoli.

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Lynn Goldsmith's imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian, The Polaroid 
Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of 
Contemporary Photography, and the permanent collection of Museum Folkwang. She is a 
multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. 
Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to 
authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her forty years of photography 
have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the 
natural wonders of our planet.

Twelve books of her photography have been published. She has been on The New York Times Best Seller list as well as won two Art Direction awards for them: Titles include Rock and Roll Stories, The Police: 1978-1983, Bruce Springsteen- Access All Areas, 
The Police, New Kids, Circus Dreams, PhotoDiary, and 
Flower. Lynn's professional achievements are in no way limited to the world of 
photography. She is the youngest member ever to be accepted into the DGA (Director's 
Guild of America). In 1971, she was the director of Joshua Television, the first company 
to do video magnification for rock groups entertaining at large venues. In 1972, she was 
a director for the first rock show on network television: ABC's "In Concert". In 1973, Lynn 
directed "We're An American Band", the first music documentary to be released as a 
theatrical short. In the mid-seventies, Lynn stopped directing to concentrate 
fully on photography. 

She has been a consistent contributor to the highly acclaimed series of Day in the Life 
of books series as well as many other photography collections.

By the early 80's Lynn departed from the worlds of both photography and film, to 
become the first 'optic-music' artist. Using the a.k.a. Will Powers, she produced the album 
"Dancing For Mental Health" on Island Records. Lynn's written songs with recording 
artists Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and Nile Rodgers. Her debut 
album won critical acclaim and her single, Kissing With Confidence, reached #3 on the 
British charts. As was her plan, the videos from the album which she produced and 
directed became more than commercials for the record. They were used by the 
United States Department of Labor to inspire unemployed youths, and by the National 
Marriage Counsel in England. Will Powers' videos have also been used by Harvard 
University to help with language instruction, and by other schools throughout the United 
States for their individual teaching needs. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City 
has two Will Powers videos in their permanent collection as she was among the first to do 3-dimensional computer animation.

Though a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in 
both English and Psychology, Lynn considers herself a self-taught artist and 
entrepreneur. She was the founder of LGI Photo Agency, an organization which 
represented the work of over two hundred worldwide photographers. Established in 
1976, LGI was the first agency to specialize in servicing celebrity portraiture for 
editorial usage. LGI was sold in 1997 so that Lynn could more fully focus on creating images. 



The wide range of Lynn's talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she 
holds constant: Creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns
, thus making anything possible.

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It's like looking through an old family album; tender, endearing-- elicits lots of happy memories.
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This was an important time for those who beleive that Springsteen writes and performs music that describes a truth in our individual lives and our communities.
Jon Hensley
Lynn Goldsmith's photography from Bruce's '78 tour is simply some of the best concert work ever put to film.
Dan

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hensley on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no question that Lynn Goldsmith does what professional portrait photographers do: capture on film the essence of the person. A very difficult objective that only a few do well. Her book "Photodiaries" documents her portrait work with popular musical artists from the seventies to the nineties and places her work alongside that of Annie Liebowitz in creating the memorable images of our popular music culture. What wonderful fate that she also happened to be the girlfriend of Bruce Springsteen during the 1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town tour. This was an important time for those who beleive that Springsteen writes and performs music that describes a truth in our individual lives and our communities. In 1978, he had not yet "conquered the world". Unlike the years that followed, the audience was not expecting a phenomenal performance, so the concerts were a shock to most. Bruce and the E Street Band were hungry to prove it all night, every night. "All Areas Access" captures the incredible energy of the stage peformance and the reaction of the lucky audiences. My favorite image is of Clarence, Bruce, Gary and Little Steven all in the air and there is no doubt that they are bringing a rocker home one-tenth of a second later. Then the book goes farther. It captures the quiet moments of an artist creating, looking for inspiration, crafting a song, spending a moment with a friend, and of the artist completed exhausted from a peformance. If the music of Bruce Springsteen speaks to you, then this book will illuminate a special time in the life of the artist, the music, and quite possibly yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. Blake on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Awesome - if you've ever been confused as to the reason that Springsteen fans are so...um..commited to their hero, this book will answer all your questions. Quite simply, the greatest portfolio of Concert and backstage photos I've ever seen.
Look in the faces of the people in the crowd - you'll see the connections between performer and audience that remains right up to this day. Fabulous. Buy this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony O'Sullivan on November 14, 2000
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This is a beautiful little book which captures perfectly a moment of music history.
Springsteen's 78 tour is widely regarded as one of the seminal moments of his career. Coming of the back of Born to Run, the settled courtcase with his ex-managers and the Darkness album, Springsteen undertook a triumphant tour accross America, playing 1,000 to 5,000 seater concert halls.
This tour was a pure celebration of rock n'roll and Lynn Goldsmith's unrivalled access (she was Bruce's girlfriend at the time) allowed her to record it for posterity.
The concert shots capture the excitement of the shows perfectly, the sweat pouring off the performers, Bruce's mock collapse, the interaction with the audience. I've seen bootleg videos and heard many tapes from the tour but I have to say that Lynn Goldsmith's book captures the excitment of being in the crowd at one of those concerts better than any medium I have seen.
But this is more than a collection of superb concert photos, it also captures the quieter moments backstage both pre and post show (including the infamous Bruce shower shot!) Shots of the band eating breakfast, Bruce writing etc.
This book is pricey but will definately appeal to all Bruce fans and admirers of outstanding photojournalism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lhmpdx on March 13, 2000
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Bruce Springsteen is generally acknowledged to be the best performer in the history of rock. His 1978 tour, in support of Darkness on the Edge of Town, was, according to his closest fans, the best tour of his career. These photographs, taken by Springsteen's close friend and award-winning photographer, Lynn Goldsmith, capture that tour as good as any bootleg tape. This book is not just for Springsteen fanatics, but for all those who enjoy the power, the magic, the mystery and the ministry of rock and roll.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Spressler on February 22, 2000
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I just recieved "Access All Areas" today, and let me be the first to say, this is a MUST HAVE for all Bruce fans. Being a major Bruce Fan, and coming off the Meadowlands shows last summer, (I was at six of them)I always wondered what it must have been to seen Bruce and the band back then. Well I don't have to wonder anymore. "Darkness" has always been my favorite album, and this book shows why those shows are so legendary 21 yrs. later. For all you "Darkness" fans out there this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan on February 23, 2000
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Lynn Goldsmith's photography from Bruce's '78 tour is simply some of the best concert work ever put to film. Getting to know the artist and work behind the scenes with the E Street Band, during one of the most important eras of rock and roll, makes this book a must for anyone interested in music, Bruce or photography in general. Simply a masterful, soulful piece of artwork. Each photo tells its own story. It's just too bad we had to wait so long for the book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2000
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Lynn Goldsmith's Springsteen Access All Areas is a photodiary of his 1978 Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour. The photos are all in black and white and they perfectly capture the spirit of Bruce Springsteen. Ms. Goldsmith was Mr. Springsteen's girlfriend at the time and she uses that cache to give us glimpses of the man and his band that other photographers may never have been able to get. For those of you old enough to remember or even attend a show at the tour, this book will bring you back to that time and for those of us who were too young to know, it provides us with a look at an artist establishing himself as an icon.
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