David Gahr’s Springsteen photobook published

David Gahr was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated rock photographers. Born in 1922, he witnessed the rock’n’roll explosion since the 50s, and photographed Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Buddy Guy, Odetta, Phil Spector and many more, including, of course, Bruce Springsteen.

Gahr started following the New Jersey singer in 1973, and is the author of the cover photo of the album The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle. His black and white photos occupied innumerable pages in magazines and books (including Dave Marsh’s acclaimed biography Born to Run).

When Mr. Gahr died in 2008, he left a legacy of thousands of photographs. This month Rizzoli has published the book Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park, to Born To Run, to Born In The USA, featuring a huge selection of color and black and white photos taken between 1973 and 1986, thus covering the artist’s career from his early days in Asbury Park until the worldwide succes of Born in the USA.

All pics copyright David Gahr Estate.

John Wesley Harding unveils 1994 video with Bruce Springsteen

For the first time ever, we get to see a video of John Wesley and Bruce Springsteen performing “Wreck on the Highway” in June 1994 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

The song had been previously been published as a bonus track on harding’s CD Awake, back in 1998, and this week will be part of the Record Store Day vinyl Greatest Other People’s Hits.

Omnivore Recordings has published today a video of that great performance, the first time Wes and Bruce played together. A year later Harding hand the rare honor of opening two of Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 solo shows in Berkeley, California, when he was touring to promote The Ghost of Tom Joad.

Bruce Springsteen becomes ‘Hear the World’ ambassador

The Hear the World Foundation, a Swiss charitable foundation that supports people in need, and particularly children, with hearing loss, announced yesterday that Bruce Springsteen is now one of his ambassadors. The new ambassador for conscious hearing supports the non-profit’s hearing loss prevention campaign.

Photographer and musician Bryan Adams, an ambassador of the Foundation since its establishment in 2006, took Bruce Springsteen’s official ambassador portrait in the Hear the World pose with one hand behind an ear – synonymous with conscious hearing. The meaningful black-and-white photograph will unite Bruce Springsteen with over hundred other musicians, models and actors who have supported the Hear the World Foundation over the past ten years. The team of renowned ambassadors help to raise global awareness about the importance of good hearing.

Since 2006 the Hear the World Foundation, the cornerstone of Sonova’s CSR engagement – Sonova is the leading provider of hearing solutions, has supported over 80 projects on all five continents, providing financial resources, donating hearing solutions, and training project workers in audiology on site. Efforts such as awareness campaigns, charity events and the sale of the Hear the World calendar, featuring the celebrity ambassadors help to raise global awareness about hearing health and supports children in need with hearing loss enabling them to develop at an appropriate rate for their age. More about the history of the Hear the Word Foundations and its projects can be found here.

Springsteen stays in Broadway

As you may have heard, Bruce Springsteen extended his Broadway stay until Dec.15th, 2018, when he’ll give a final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A total of 81 new shows have been added, totalling 236 shows since October 2017 (see complete list of June-December 2018 shows).

Once again tickets went on sale thru the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system, only for those who had originally registered in August 2017. If you didn’t register or get a code this time, try the LuckySeat system to win a chance to buy a ticket.

Walter Kerr Theatre, Dec.12, 2017. Pic: Sal Trepat

“The Album Collection Vol.2, 1987-1996” to be released in May

It’s official now! A new album box set from Bruce Springsteen is coming out on May 18th (see press release).

“The Album Collection Vol.2, 1987-1996” will contain the following studio and live albums:

  • Tunnel of Love
  • Human Touch
  • Lucky Town
  • In Concert/MTV Plugged
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • Chimes of Freedom EP
  • Blood Brothers EP

Thus would mark the first ever vinyl release for the Blood Brothers EP, originally published in 1996 as part of the Blood Brothers video release pack. The limited, numbered vinyl version of this collection will contain 10 LPs (no word yet on a CD version).

These seven titles are presented in recreations of their original packaging and accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from this chapter of Springsteen’s recording career.

Acclaimed engineer Bod Ludwig, working with Springsteen and long-time engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.

The LP version song details:

LP – SIDE A: TUNNEL OF LOVE (1987)(2LP)
Ain’t Got You
Tougher Than the Rest
All That Heaven Will Allow
LP – SIDE B: TUNNEL OF LOVE (1987)(2LP)
Spare Parts
Cautious Man
Walk Like A Man
LP – SIDE C: TUNNEL OF LOVE (1987)(2LP)
Tunnel of Love
Two Faces
Brilliant Disguise
LP – SIDE D: TUNNEL OF LOVE (1987)(2LP)
One Step Up
When You’re Alone
Valentine’s Day
LP – SIDE E: HUMAN TOUCH (1992)(2LP)
Human Touch
Soul Driver
57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)
LP – SIDE F: HUMAN TOUCH (1992)(2LP)
Cross My Heart
Gloria’s Eyes
With Every Wish
Roll of the Dice
LP – SIDE G: HUMAN TOUCH (1992)(2LP)
Real World
All Or Nothin’ At All
Man’s Job
LP – SIDE H: HUMAN TOUCH (1992)(2LP)
I Wish I Were Blind
The Long Goodbye
Real Man
Pony Boy
LP – SIDE I: LUCKY TOWN (1992)(1LP)
Better Days
Lucky Town
Local Hero
If I Should Fall Behind
Leap Of Faith
LP – SIDE J: LUCKY TOWN (1992)(1LP)
The Big Muddy
Living Proof
Book Of Dreams
Souls Of The Departed
My Beautiful Reward
LP – SIDE K: IN CONCERT/MTV PLUGGED (1993)(2LP)
Red Headed Woman
Better Days
Atlantic City
Darkness On the Edge of Town
LP – SIDE L: IN CONCERT/MTV PLUGGED (1993)(2LP)
Man’s Job
Human Touch
Lucky Town
LP – SIDE M: IN CONCERT/MTV PLUGGED (1993)(2LP)
I Wish I Were Blind
Thunder Road
Light of Day
LP – SIDE N: IN CONCERT/MTV PLUGGED (1993)(2LP)
If I Should Fall Behind
Living Proof
My Beautiful Reward
LP – SIDE O: THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (1995)(1LP)
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Straight Time
Highway 29
Youngstown
Sinaloa Cowboys
The Line
LP – SIDE P: THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (1995)(1LP)
Balboa Park
Dry Lightning
The New Timer
Across The Border
Galveston Bay
My Best Was Never Good Enough
LP – SIDE Q: CHIMES OF FREEDOM EP (1988)(1LP)
Tougher Than The Rest (Live at LA Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA – April 1988)
Be True (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – March 1988)
LP – SIDE R: CHIMES OF FREEDOM EP (1988)(1LP)
Chimes of Freedom (Live at Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, SE – July 1988)
Born to Run (Acoustic Version – Live at LA Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA – April 1988)
LP – SIDE S: BLOOD BROTHERS EP (1996)(1LP)(First-Ever Vinyl Release)
Blood Brothers (Alternate Version)
High Hopes
LP – SIDE T: BLOOD BROTHERS EP (1996)(1LP)(First-Ever Vinyl Release)
Murder Incorporated (Live from Tramps)
Secret Garden (String Version)
Without You