Bruce Springsteen Hitch Hikin’ to a New Decade

by Chris Murray on September 16, 2019
Bruce Springsteen, Holmdel, NJ, 1977. Photograph by David Gahr.

Next week is Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. “I’m hitch hikin’ all day long.” Happy Birthday, Bruce!

When I first heard his new album Western Stars, I was drawn to it like no other album of his that I knew. I love it. The first song on the album is called “Hitch Hikin’,” and I couldn’t help but think about photographer David Gahr’s wonderful photo of Bruce from Gahr’s book Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park, to Born to Run, to Born in the USA (Rizzoli 2018). It was a great experience for me editing that book and having it published.

Cover for Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park, to Born to Run, to Born in the USA.

I also loved Danny Clinch’s photographs in Western Stars, Bruce’s new CD, and in the booklet accompanying it. Danny’s first one person exhibition was at Govinda Gallery in the fall of 2001, and his work has been featured in numerous other Govinda Gallery exhibitions and museum shows.

Bruce Springsteen at Joshua Tree National Park. Photograph by Danny Clinch.

I also saw the film Blinded by the Light last week and was delighted to see Frankie Stefanko’s photographs from his Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River photo sessions for those two Springsteen albums in the film. We enjoyed the movie tremendously.

Still shot from 2019’s Blinded by the Light, with Frank Stefanko’s 1978 photograph of Bruce, Corvette Winter, to the right.

Stefanko’s photos for the covers of The River and Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Danny Clinch and Frank Stefanko’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

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