"On a day like this, I remember--I'm the President, but he's The Boss."
--President Barack Obama, 2009 Kennedy Center Awards ceremony
Compiled by accomplished photographer Eric Meola--who knew "the Boss" when he was just an unknown Jersey kid with big rock and roll dreams--Streets of Fire is an intimate photographic look at Bruce Springsteen during a pivotal year in his life and career. In 1977, Springsteen was coming off the enormous success of his album, Born to Run, and in the studio working on his fourth record, Darkness on the Edge of Town--and these breathtaking candid photos are portraits of a master musician finally coming into his own. A stunning collection of photographs--some never before published--of Bruce and the E-Street Band combined with the haunting lyrics of some of Springsteen's most unforgettable songs, Streets of Fire offers fans a privileged and rarefied look at one of rock's most legendary and beloved icons.
“Eric Meola’s new book of Bruce Springsteen photographs is visually stunning...his mastery of black and white photography is very evident between the covers of this new work. Prepare to view a young and vibrant Bruce in all his glory at an important time in the artist’s life.”
-Frank Stefanko, photographer/author of Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen
“In Streets of Fire--photographs from the Darkness on the Edge of Town era--we see a young Springsteen in all his bluster, doubt and resilience. In these portraits of a man still struggling for his identity, we get soul-piercing glimpses into the heart of a true American icon.”
-Peter Ames Carlin, author of BRUCE
“For anyone under the misimpression that Eric Meola’s work with Bruce Springsteen begins and ends with his iconic Born to Run image, Streets of Fire is a revelation. For those of us well aware that their collaboration continued, the photographer’s new book is a long-awaited treasure.”
-Christopher Phillips, editor of Backstreets Magazine and Backstreets.com