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“Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey” opens Tuesday at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 25, 2014
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A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.

TULSA — “Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey,”a traveling photo exhibition curated by the Grammy Museum Los Angeles,will debut in Tulsa at the Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E Brady Ave.

Opening Tuesday, the exhibition features more than four-dozen iconic images of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. On view until spring 2015, the exhibit serves to document a great American music legend and includes photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko.

“Our goal with this exhibition is to define the career of Bruce Springsteen in an entirely new light, as captured by these five incredible photographers,” said Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, in a news release. “Each of these photographers was able to artfully document Bruce’s world, at different stages in his career. We are honored to partner with each of them in order to help tell the story of one of the most important figures in American music.

Springsteen’s recording career spans more than 40 years, beginning with 1973′s Columbia Records release “Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.” He has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, received Kennedy Center Honors in 2009 and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by The Recording Academy. Springsteen’s newest album, “High Hopes” (Columbia), was released on Jan. 14.

While the majority of the exhibit focuses on Springsteen off-stage, four additional live performance photographs, shot by Barry Schneier, will be showcased. These photos were shot during the now-famous Springsteen concert at Harvard Square Theater where famed Rolling Stone music journalist Jon Landau claimed, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

Additionally, the exhibit will feature video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by The Grammy Museum.

The opening event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a round table discussion at 7:30 with the featured photographers, moderated by Santelli, and a book signing at 8:45. Admission to the event is $25; proceeds benefit the Woody Guthrie Center’s education programs.

Also, Santelli will present a program titled “Greetings from E Street: An Introduction to the Music and History of Bruce Springsteen” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission to the event is free with paid admission to the center, and the gallery will stay open to attendees until the program begins.

For more information, go to www.woodyguthriecenter.org.

-BAM



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