Streets of Fire

128 Pages
Publication: October 2012
HarperCollins Books

ERIC MEOLA first saw Bruce Springsteen perform at Max’s Kansas City in New York in 1973, and began photographing him the following year, just before the release of the breakthrough album, Born to Run, for which Meola shot one of the most iconic cover images in the history of rock photography. Meola continued photographing Springsteen during 1977-79, and he captured images of Springsteen behind-the-scenes—getting his Corvette stuck in the mud, riding his motorcycle, getting a ticket from a New Jersey trooper, and driving a convertible across the American West.

As the music for Springsteen’s fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was recorded, and as his fans waited for what proved to be a more somber album than the one that preceded it, Meola photographed him in his Manhattan photo studio and at the farmhouse Springsteen had rented in Holmdel, New Jersey. Many of the images in this book have never been seen before, and show a young Springsteen soon after appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek, searching for who he was and who he would become.

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