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Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen Paperback – September 1, 2003
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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.
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!
I came upon this book at the opening of the new Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The exhibit is the same one mounted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, with a few additions. At the opening press conference the "author" of the book, Frank Stefanko (a Philly area native - actually in Southern New Jersey) gave a brief talk and the story behind some of the photos in this book. Some of his explanations are included the text that accompanies many of these (mostly black and white) photos. The 88 images were shot by Stefanko between 1978 and 1982 and graced the covers of two of Springsteen's albums ("Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "The River"). As he explains in the easy-to read text., Stefanko met Springsteen when Stafanko's college buddy, singer/songwriter/poet Patti Smith, recommended to Bruce that he use the photographer. The stories that Stafanko tells - about Springsteen's cars and his "overnight stay" at Stafanko's house, make this an interesting "read" as well as a visual delight.
I really need to deduct a HALF of a star from my rating - which would make it 4.5 stars - because of one serious omission. Though Springsteen's name is in the title - and it's he that will draw fans to this book - the other members of the E Street Band get short shrift.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you haven't had enough of the Darkness at the End of Town period of Springsteen this book has some fantastic pictures of Bruce before he went buff.Published on May 3, 2013 by JayJay
Hubby loved it. He's a huge Bruce fan and it made a great gift! I highly recommend this book! Awesome book!Published on January 18, 2013 by Twin Mom
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 fansPublished on October 10, 2006 by ahmet tulgar
Just thought everyone would like to know that the cover photo was taken in front of Frank's Men's Hairstyling on Kings Highway in downtown Haddonfield, New Jersey!Published on February 4, 2004 by MARTY B
This book engrosses you from the moment you start reading you cant stop.I am giving this book to my clients and friends as it makes the perfect gift for Bruce Springsteen fans. Read morePublished on November 27, 2003 by C. HANNA