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Book: Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ - A Look at the Local Scene
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Back in the day, before professional photographers even dreamed of Bruce Springsteen coffee table books, there were fan photographers hanging out in Asbury Park who knew what they were seeing through their viewfinders was the stuff of history. One was Chuck Yopp, whose instincts led him to publish Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., A Look At The Local Scene in 1983. Subtitled The Bruce Springsteen Photo Discovery, Yopp's no-frills scrapbook featured the work of 24 photographers whose shots, including his own, made up an indispensable record of Bruce on the Shore from 1973 through early 1983.
Now, after a 25 year hiatus -- during which time the out-of-print book has commanded collectors' prices nearing four figures -- Yopp is back with a new and revised edition for 2008. He's offering a choice of covers: one drawn by super fan Art Masciocchi, from the book's first edition; the other, from the second '80s edition, featuring a Billy Smith photograph. Every shot in Greetings was taken, of course, before 5,600 d.p.i scanners made possible some of the most beautiful photography books imaginable, so the black-and-white photos have to them the feel of a long lost and much welcomed documentary.
This "Look at the Local Scene" includes Springsteen landmarks like houses, factories, the Student Prince, the Upstage, even an Asbury Park Transit bus on 82nd Street in New York. You'll find E Streeters surfing, Clarence playing piano at home, an a whole host of Bruce's small club appearances in the later '70s and early '80s, with acts like Southside Johnny, Beaver Brown, the Stray Cats, and Robert Gordon, at venues like The Stone Pony, the Fastlane, and Big Man's West. The book also contains one of our favorite Springsteen snapshots of all time -- taken in 1958 as Bruce’s extended family gathered around the Thanksgiving table.
Softcover, 300 B&W pages.