In November 2017, Wall of Sound Editions published a new limited edition book of photographs of Bruce Springsteen made by Frank Stefanko. Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road is an astounding, 400-page anthology of more than 40 years of largely unseen images, all shot by Stefanko throughout Springsteen's epic career.
Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road was released as a numbered, limited edition book, available as a Deluxe (copies 1-350) and a Collector edition (copies 351-1978). All 1978 copies will be signed by Frank Stefanko. The Deluxe edition is sold out, but this Collector edition is still available, housed in a custom slipcase and signed by Stefanko.
Frank Stefanko has spent over four decades working closely with Bruce Springsteen. He shot the iconic covers for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River albums as well as the cover shot for Springsteen's best-selling Born to Run autobiography and accompanying album Chapter and Verse. In addition to images and outtakes from those classic sessions, Further Up the Road will feature a never before published shoot with Springsteen from 2004, at his residence in Colts Neck, NJ, and to round things out, in April 2017 Springsteen granted Stefanko a brand new, exclusive shoot at his studio in Colts Neck, specifically for inclusion here.
This hardback features a personal introduction by Bruce Springsteen himself and is packed full of unseen photos and features, with image captions and text by Stefanko and forewords by fellow Springsteen photographers Eric Meola and Danny Clinch.
The book is published by Wall of Sound Editions, who in 2016 published the phenomenally successful The Kate Inside, containing never before seen images of the emerging Kate Bush, shot by Wall of Sound's founder Guido Harari.
400 pages 10.5 x 13.5"
Signed by Frank Stefanko
"Frank's photographs were stark. His talent was he managed to strip away your celebrity, your artifice, and get to the raw you. His photos had a purity and a street poetry to them. They were lovely and true, but they weren't slick. Frank looked for your true grit and he naturally intuited the conflicts I was coming to terms with. His pictures captured the people I was writing about in my songs and showed me the part of me that was still one of them. We had other cover options but they didn't have the hungriness of Frank's pictures."
-- Bruce Springsteen (Reprinted by permission from Born to Run, Simon & Schuster, 2016)
"I love the "in-your-face" immediacy of these images; their stark innocence and how they appear to be photographs that don't try to be something they are not. In some of the outtakes from the 'Darkness' sessions, Bruce simply stares at the camera with the dazed look of someone who has just shaken off a couple of blows from an unseen adversary. The images in this book are a kaleidoscope of Springsteen's words and songs, as well as a visual catalogue of images we grew up with. As Bruce entered the vernacular of American music and its psyche, Frankie found his world. And in this book, he shares it with us."
-- Eric Meola
"Being from New Jersey, I have, of course, always been a fan of Bruce Springsteen. I have lived with Frank's images of Springsteen for most of my life, and at a certain point, I felt as if his classic images had always existed. I thought, 'Did someone actually take these photographs? Hang out with Bruce, and have his attention and collaboration? Put film in the camera, focus, and then click the shutter? Or, did they just appear out of thin air? I think Bruce and Frank came from the same places, and reflected back and forth on one another. I believe Bruce knew Frank would 'get him', and not force outside ideas and concepts into the photographs. But Frank would tell the stories Bruce was presenting to him. That's what makes the magic."
-- Danny Clinch