Synopses & Reviews
Introduction by Bruce Springsteen
Born and bred in a working class environment in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen has, over the past 30 years, established himself as one of the most influential songwriters and performers in American popular music. Winner of three Grammy Awards for The Rising, he continues to entertain and inspire millions of fans around the world.
Also born and bred in a working-class New Jersey home was photographer Frank Stefanko, who crossed paths with Springsteen thanks to an introduction by a mutual friend, musician Patti Smith. This meeting spurred a photographic collaboration that lasted five years and produced cover photos for two of Springsteen's most significant albums, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River.
Stefanko's archive of several thousand Springsteen photos has never been published that is, until now. Days of Hope and Dreams presents in an unforgettable selection of Stefanko's most significant and most personal images from his time working with Springsteen, and Stefanko's recollections offer behind-the-scenes stories of his work and friendship with this legendary musical talent. Featuring a fascinating introduction written by The Boss himself, this is a must-have guide for Springsteen fans and music lovers everywhere!
"[T]hese powerful portraits...cover the critical years when Springsteen rose from critics' darling to near superstar....[O]f high interest to Springsteen's many loyal fans." Library Journal
"Frank Stefanko caught Bruce Springsteen (and rock 'n' roll) at a moment not quite innocent, but when hopes and dreams still ruled, when it seemed like the world might really change for the better. His pictures reflect the spirit of that time, and challenge the spirit of our far more darker era." Dave Marsh, author of Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story
"Frank Stefanko's photographs show a sublime convergence of singer and image at a critical point in Springsteen's career. He captures Springsteen as punk-intense, driven, and not backing away from any tough questions." Colleen sheehy, curator of the exhibition "Springsteen, Troubadour of the Highway," Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
"bruce, frank and I are all from new jersey, but it is mr. Stefanko, hailing from camden, who can definitely claim the coolest exit. congratulations frank! good exit, good work, good friend." Patti Smith
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
. He lives in Philadelphia.
Chris Murray is the founder and director of the Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC.