RIP Jonathan Demme

Oscar-winning film director Jonathan Demme passed away Wednesday April 26th in New York City. He was 73. He was known for films like “Something Wild” (1986), “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) or “Philadelphia” (1993), along with the fantastic Talking Heads concert-movie “Stop Making Sense” (1984) or several music clips for Bruce Springsteen: “Murder Incorporated”, “Streets of Philadelphia” and “If I Should Fall Behind”.

Springsteen himself has published an eulogy in his website:

“Over here on E Street, we’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme. He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit. Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best. He’ll be deeply missed.”



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Frank Stefanko readies new book of unreleased Springsteen photographs

Frank Stefanko - Further On Up The RoadBruce Springsteen. Further On Up The Road is the new book by Frank Stefanko, to be published in November. And it is not just another book. It will feature the best photos taken by Frank Stefanko over the course of four decades, including unpublished pictures from sessions in 2004 and 2017.

Bruce Springsteen has written the introduction, and there’s also forewords by prestigious photographers Danny Clinch and Eric Meola.

Frank Stefanko’s photographs appear on the covers of the albums Chapter and Verse, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. The famous Corvette photo was also choosen as the cover of Springsteen’s 2016 memoir Born to Run. This will be Stefanko’s second book of Springsteen photographs, after 2003’s Days of Hope and Dreams.

The book, published by Wall of Sound, will consist of a limited run of 1978 copies. The deluxe edition (first 350 copies) will cost $630 and the remainder (collector’s edition) will cost $380.

Pre-order will start on May 8th thru Badlands, Backstreets, Wall of Sound Gallery, Morrison Hotel Gallery and Snap Galleries.

Bruce Springsteen and his Corvette

photograph by Frank Stefanko

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Joe Grushecky & Bruce Springsteen release new song

Once again Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen have worked together. They’ve been doing so since 1994, when they recorded together the album American Babylon.

This time they’ve joined forces on a new song called “That’s What Makes Us Great”, a new protest song directed to Donald Trump. Grushecky wrote the song and sent it to Springsteen, who recorded his vocal parts and sent it back.

The result of their new collaboration is released today. It will premiere on E Street Radio at 10 a.m. and will be available for download at Joegrushecky.com.

These are the lyrics to the new song:

They come from everywhere
All longing to be free
They come to join us here
From sea to shining sea

And they all have a dream
As people always will
To be safe and warm
In that shining city on the hill

Some wanna slam the door
Instead of opening the gate
Ah, let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late

It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great

Don’t tell me a lie
And sell it as a fact
I’ve been down that road before
And I ain’t goin’ back

And don’t you brag to me
That you never read a book
I never put my faith
In a con man and his crooks

I won’t follow down that path
And tempt the hands of fate
Ah, let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late

It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great

In the quiet of the night
I lie here wide awake
And I ask myself
Is there a difference I can make?
Is there a difference I can make?

It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
And that’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great

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Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul on tour

After the success of his London show last November, Little Steven decided to revive his solo career in 2017. A new album called Soulfire will be released May 19th and a full tour in the US & Europe has been announced, with new dates possibly being added.

Here’s the full itinerary:

April 21, 2017 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents Tickets

April 22, 2017 Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre Tickets

May 27, 2017 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre Tickets


June 09, 2017 Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock (festival) Tickets

June 14, 2017 Leipzig, Germany – Parkbühne Tickets

June 16, 2017 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp Tickets

June 18, 2917 Manchester, England –  Academy Tickets

June 22, 2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street Tickets

June 25, 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Carré Tickets

June 28, 2017 Paris, France – La Cigalle Tickets

June 29, 2017 Zürich, Switzerland – Kaufleuten Tickets


July 01, 2017 Järvenpää , Finland – Puisto Blues (festival) Tickets

July 04, 2017 Pistoia, Italy – Piazza del Duomo Tickets

July 05, 2017 Ljubljiana, Slovenia – Križanke  Tickets

July 08, 2017 Barcelona, Spain – Cruïlla Festival (festival) Tickets


August 05, 2017 Notodden, Norway – Notodden Blues Festival (festival) Tickets


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