"On a day like this, I remember-I'm the President, but he's The Boss."
-President Barack Obama, 2009 Kennedy Center Awards ceremony
Compiled by accomplished photographer Eric Meola-who knew "the Boss" when he was just an unknown Jersey kid with big rock and roll dreams-Streets of Fire is an intimate photographic look at Bruce Springsteen during a pivotal year in his life and career. In 1977, Springsteen was coming off the enormous success of his album, Born to Run, and in the studio working on his fourth record, Darkness on the Edge of Town-and these breathtaking candid photos are portraits of a master musician finally coming into his own. A stunning collection of photographs-some never before published-of Bruce and the E-Street Band combined with the haunting lyrics of some of Springsteen's most unforgettable songs, Streets of Fire offers fans a privileged and rarefied look at one of rock's most legendary and beloved icons.
Eric Meola's photographs can be found in private and public collections, including the International Center of Photography in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. His images have appeared in numerous magazines, including Life, Travel & Leisure, Esquire, and Time. Streets of Fire: Bruce Springsteen in Photographs and Lyrics 1977-1979 is his fifth book. He lives in Sagaponack, New York.