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October 28, 2015

Intimate Photographs from 1975 of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Recording "Born To Run", Rehearsing and Touring

Barbara Pyle's name will no doubt be familiar to many of our American clients, in her capacity as an executive producer, film maker, environmental activist and media innovator. But back in the day, when Bruce was recording Born To Run, Barbara was there with her camera.
"I first saw Bruce and the E Street Band by accident, while photographing the Schaefer Music Festival on August 3, 1974. I was blown away by their music. For the next year, I drove to as many of their gigs as I could reach. They jokingly started calling me their “official unofficial photographer.” I was just expected to be there, and I almost always was—on my self-imposed mission to document this little known New Jersey band." - Barbara said.
Barbara captured Springsteen and the Band as they were catapulted to stardom. She is also the only photographer who has ever been given access inside the recording studio while Springsteen is working. Photographing Bruce and the Band on their ascent to superstardom was a hobby; but after being given such access, it became a mission.

This stunning and intimate tome also marks the fortieth anniversary of Born to Run.

Barbara by Bruce, Bruce by Barbara: McDonalds, Canal Street, New Orleans.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at their final rehearsal before the "Born to Run," tour, after four sleepless nights working to finish the album.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing at the Bottom Line in New York City, in their biggest performance of their career up to that point.

Springsteen (center) telling the story of the night he met Clarence Clemons (left), on a dark and stormy night. They became immediately inseparable after meeting one another.

Springsteen playing pool at Lee Dorsey’s Ya-Ya Lounge in New Orleans.

Roy Bittan wearing a rare "Born to Run" t-shirt in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in front of the Coffee Cup Cafe in photographer Barbara Pyle's hometown of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

Steve Van Zandt and Garry Tallent in New Orleans.

Passport photos Pyle took for Springsteen.

Springsteen at a diner near the 914 recording studio in Blauvelt, New York, during the recording of the song “Born to Run.”

Springsteen in the locker room at Widener College in Chester, PA.

Springsteen with his girlfriend at the time, at one of the many convenience stores the band stopped at while on the road.

Clemons in a bathroom, talking to himself to get psyched up before a performance.

Pyle sat behind a piano during a rehearsal so as to be inconspicuous with her camera.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in a backstage dressing room in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

(Photos: Barbara Pyle/Reel Art Press)


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