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10 Rare Photos From Eighties-Era Springsteen

Check out these vintage shots from Bruce photographer Debra Rothenberg
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Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012
Debra L. Rothenberg

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The Fans' Perspective

Bruce Springsteen: In Focus 1980-2012 is a new book from photographer Debra Rothenberg, where she captures Springsteen largely from a fans perspective. She took her first photograph of Bruce Springsteen in December 1980, when the River tour stopped in Rochester, New York. She got hooked and started following tours, even moving to the Jersey Shore and covering him for the local papers. For the first few years she’d shoot from her seat, capturing the Boss alongside regular concert goers. "I didn’t even know what it meant to have a photo pass," she says, explaining the origins of her new book. While she eventually relocated to the photo pit, much of her best work comes from floor seats and impromptu Eighties sets in Asbury Park. Bruce would arrive late-night, jump onstage with other musicians, and, borrowing instruments from the band, give the small crowd his arena-honed all. "It doesn't matter with Bruce if he's in a stadium or a small club," she says. "He's unlike any other performer." — ELISABETH GARBER-PAUL

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