Bruce Springsteen Photo Book "The Light in Darkness" is a Coffee Table Must
Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:27:19
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If you are from New Jersey or if you just plain love Bruce Springsteen, then you need to nab yourself a copy of The Light in Darkness, a photo book featuring the lore and history of the Boss, focusing strictly on certain period of his career.
I recommend that you place the book on your holiday wish list. It's a coffee table "must" for fans of rock music, especially those of Springsteen. But it's not a collection of photos and such spanning Bruce's career. Yawn. Anyone can do that. Rather, the book is a yearbook and ultimate souvenir of the Darkness on the Edge of Town album and accompanying tour, which ran from May 1978 through January 1979. But it's just not candid shots of the Boss doing what he does best. It's also sprinkled with ticket stubs and other memorabilia, along with text and stories provided by fans about the shows.
The book was edited by Lawrence Kirsch and is a meticulous examination of The Boss during that phase of his career, which isn't the most discussed era of Springsteen's illustrious history.
"With Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took a stand at a time and place where everything was on the line," writes Vike Savoth in the foreword to The Light in Darkness. "They were prepared to pay the price of hurtling headlong into rock and roll oblivion by walking away from the sound and look that took them to the heights of fame and fortune."
With more than 200 photos and 100 original stories penned by Springsteen's legendary fans, The Light in Darkness is a look at Springsteen's fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, from the most authentic perspective: that of the fan.
So why Darkness? The album is often overlooked in favor of other classic Springsteen records, even though it provided a much rawer and angrier sound than anything Springsteen had done previously. Coming at the end of a bitter, three-year legal battle with Springsteen's first manager, the album's darker sound was difficult at first for many fans and critics to grasp.
"The songs on Darkness spoke to me personally," stated Kirsch. "Yes, the mood is darker than previous albums, but not entirely without hope. Darkness on the Edge of Town is pure, energetic rock and roll and one of the best works that Springsteen would create."
Despite the album's darker tones, the accompanying tour was one the most raucous and energetic of Springsteen's career. The photos in The Light in Darkness show Springsteen at his peak, bounding across the stage, leaping from pianos and wading into the crowd. With the 1978 tour, Springsteen began a tradition of epic, three hour shows, something so incomprehensible to fans at the time that many, thinking the show was over, got up to leave at the intermission. As Springsteen turned 61 this year, he continues the tradition of epically long shows that outdo all other musicians.
Chronicling some of his most famous shows, such as the Agora in Cleveland, The Roxy in L.A. and San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, The Light in Darkness brings to life some of the final concerts Springsteen would play in small venues.
"The book will give readers at least a small perspective of what we experienced in 1978," Kirsch said. "The connection and bond made between performer and audience during this tour set the stage for all future albums and tours to come."
This 208 page, large format, 9.25"x 12"full-color book is printed on EuroArt Silk 200m paper stock and contains more than 200 photographs reproduced from the original negatives and slides. The book is only available online for purchase at: www.thelightindarkness.com
Will you be grabbing a copy of The Light in Darkness for your coffee table? My copy adorns mine, right next to my illustrated history of black metal. No joke.