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Diehards: Erin Feinberg’s Portraits of Music’s Most Intense Fans

The rock photographer takes us through some of the best shots from her new book

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For the last decade, photographer Erin Feinberg has been jumping into mosh pits, balancing on barricades and spending hours in hot, sweaty parking lots, photographing fans from New York to Sweden. The best of those shots have been compiled in Diehards, her new book, and a few of her favorites appear in the following gallery, captioned with memories and observations from Feinberg's travels.

Below, read excerpts of the original Bruce Springsteen and Neil Peart essays that open and close the book:

Springsteen: "My band now has fans who've followed us for 35 years and for 35 days, who are 70 and 17. On our recent tour, I met kids who'd just seen us for the first time, along with folks who've been to hundreds of concerts over three decades. With the exception of age, they're more similar than different. And every night at eight o'clock, it's those faces jammed up to the front of the stage, smiling, singing, living every note of your song, their song, taking every breath with you, or dancing in the rafters that continue to fuel your rock & roll passion. A passion reaching all the way back now to the small bedroom where you sat young and alone, clumsily playing, singing, writing, hoping, dreaming of … this exact moment … of your fans."

Peart: "In a very real way, we, as performers, ought to bring everything we have to every show. It is also important to remember that people in the audience often bring everything they have, too. That is part of the reason why good ol’ Shakespeare was so right, 'All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.'"

Reporting by Katelyn Behrman

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Judas Priest Headbangers, New Jersey

"That's a woman. I kind of love that it's not gender specific. The Judas Priest fans were my favorite metal fans. They were so dedicated and loyal. They knew every word to every song. I loved them — just a bunch of headbangers. I think in the corner someone's being carried off or something. Maybe it was a casualty of some sort? But they're being carried off."

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