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Local Photographer Publishes Springsteen Book

by Yvette Cain
February 16, 2019

Marty and Barry Schneier bookend Bruce Springsteen following a  performance of Springsteen on Broadway in NYC, 2017.

With his sons’ discovery of a portfolio of his work in their basement, Barry Schneier began thinking more of doing something with his 1974 photos of Bruce Springsteen.  “Dad, this is cool stuff,” led to Schneier’s building a photographic website, and his growing awareness that his Springsteen work not only was really good, but also had an audience.  This month Barry is awaiting the presale of his first book, Bruce Springsteen, Rock and Roll Future: The Book.

Marty and Barry Schneier bookend Bruce Springsteen following a  performance of Springsteen on Broadway in NYC, 2017.

The focus of Schneier’s book is one particular but very momentous concert. Allowed on-stage access, young photographer Schneier documented a Springsteen concert at Charlie’s Place in Cambridge that was pivotal for Springsteen’s hesitating career.  In fact, Schneier was instrumental in linking Springsteen to a concert promoter who signed Springsteen as the opening act for Bonnie Raitt’s May 9, 1974, concert.

Jon Landau, music critic for the Rolling Stone magazine, included in his review of this evening, “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”  According to Schneier and others in the music industry, this quotation succeeded in catapulting Springsteen’s career.

Last year, following some encouragement, Schneier teamed with Backstreet Publishing editor Chris Phillips to produce a 150-page book of this Cambridge concert.  In order to publish, Schneier and Phillips created a Kickstarter campaign in June 2018, eliciting $32,000 from interested fans to cover publication costs. Within a short time and with the addition of “stretch goals,” 1001 supporters pledged over $109,000 for the project.  Each of these backers will be named in the first edition of the book. 

Schneier accompanies selected color and black and white photos from the evening with his distinctive perspective as on-stage photographer.  Three original members of the E Street Band also contributed to the book.

For now, Schneier makes plans for speaking events and book signings in MA, NY, and NJ.  Now that the bulk of his work is complete on the Springsteen project, Schneier is busy thinking about his next book: A visual documentation of the past, accompanied by the stories behind each photo, based upon his work “documenting everything” of the ‘70’s era.

 

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Comments (3)

As a Bonnie Raitt fan and student in Boston

I Attended the concert

Springsteen complained about a hotel in Revere that he was staying at

great concert

- Phillip Horowitz | 2/17/19 11:15 AM

I will never forget the night he opened for Bonnie Raitt. Best $5.00 tickets I ever got!

- Wilson MacDonald | 2/17/19 8:11 AM

Pretty exciting ! - best wishes

- Lee DeSorgher | 2/16/19 12:08 PM

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