- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Insight Editions/Billboard (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082308387X
- ISBN-13: 978-0823083879
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Days of Hopes and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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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.
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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. Those the members of the band are mentioned in the Introduction, they are never identified in any of the photos (a good number of which show the six members beside Bruce) in the book. Sure, Clarence Clemmons can be picked out and the same with "Little Steven", but a new generation of Springsteen fans should have this info and the guys who supported "the Boss" should have gotten more name recognition.
The images are sharp and the book is big (and Heavy!). I'm sure that, after seeing the Philly exhibit - which includes many of these photos - a lot of Bruce fans will pick up this book.
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