New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen began the 1970’s strong with his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., and his sophomore release The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. Both albums in their own right are vinyl classics, but Bruce had not yet a household name. In 1974 things were looking up and he was headed toward superstardom when Rolling Stone writer, Jon Landau declared “I saw rock and roll’s future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,”
In 1975 Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run changed everything and was Springsteen’s break into the mainstream.
Within 2 weeks of its release in August of ’75 the album rocketed into the top 10 of the billboard charts. In October of that year, Springsteen graced the covers of both Time and Newsweek.
Eric Meola was chosen to take the shots for the album. It is an image that is recognizable by anyone who considers themselves a rock music fan. The cover photo shows Springsteen with his Fender Telecaster leaning on The Big Man Clarence Clemons. The photos are simple, clean, and iconic.