When 1975 began, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were still playing tiny clubs and fearing that Columbia would drop them after two failed albums. By the end of the year, Springsteen had appeared on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the same week and was being hailed as a rock & roll visionary destined to save the entire genre.
It was an extraordinary time for Springsteen and the band, and photographer Barbara Pyle was there to capture much of it on film. Pyle's new book, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 1975 (in stores on November 23rd), showcases a wealth of super-rare photos from the pivotal year, many of which are on display at London's Snap Galleries from now until November 28th. Here are some key shots from the collection.