Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future - Author & Photo Presentation
"I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen"
See an in-depth presentation by photographer Barry Schneier, who shot the only known photos of that legendary show at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA on May 9, 1974.
This event takes place on Friday, September 27th at 2pm in The Foster Theater at the Rock Hall.
Free for Members and Donors / $10 for Non-Members
In early 1974, a young Bruce Springsteen had released two albums with minimal sales success, in danger of being dropped by his record label. May 9, 1974 proved to be a watershed moment in his career, as Springsteen and the E Street Band opened for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA.
Famously in the audience that night was Jon Landau, music critic for Rolling Stone and columnist for Cambridge-based The Real Paper. What Landau witnessed that night would alter the trajectory of Bruce's career forever, as well as his own. One line in Landau's Real Paper column, perhaps the most famous concert review of all time, became known as "the quote heard 'round the world," reigniting support for the artist as it was emblazoned in ads and repeated in the press: "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen."
Photographer Barry Schneier was also there that night, on duty with his camera. His photographs, entirely unseen for decades, are the only visual record of this storied '74 performance.
Barry Schneier is a photographer and writer who began his career in the 1970s working with up and coming as well as established musicians in Boston, San Francisco and later in Los Angeles. It was there that he became immersed in the world of video and film production working on features, commercials, documentaries and eventually migrating over to the “new” genre of the era; the music video.
Barry’s work as a photographer has been exhibited in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, The Grammy Museum and is housed in permanent collections at Paramount Studios, CBS, MTV, The New England Folk Archives and the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. His work has also appeared in numerous books, publications as well as featured on album art. Barry is most noted for his work capturing a young Bruce Springsteen at The Harvard Square Theatre in 1974 the night music critic and writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Jon Landau, would write in his review of the evening “I saw rock and roll future and his name is Bruce Springsteen”. The stories and photos of that evening are the subject of Barry’s book “Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future” published by Backstreets Publishing.
Barry and his wife Marty, who were married in Los Angeles, eventually moved back to the Boston area where they raised three sons. Who all eventually moved back to West Coast. Today when Barry is not photographing, he enjoys creative discourse with fellow artists and binge-watching Netflix.