This Photo Book Looks Back at the 1974 Show That Made Bruce Springsteen the “Rock and Roll Future”

Fans of both rock and roll and Bruce Springsteen may want to take a trip down memory lane through this photo book featuring photos by Barry Schneier.

In early May 1974, Bruce Springsteen performed a show that is now considered to be the turning point in his career, and an important moment in the music industry. That night, two key personalities catapulted Springsteen from “the new Bob Dylan” into “the rock and roll future”: music critic for Rolling Stone Jon Landau and photographer Barry Schneier. A photo book showcasing many never before seen photos taken by Schneier from that historic performance is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

After previously watching him perform, Barry Schneier had suggested to concert promoters that they consider booking Bruce Springsteen for a show. This led to the opening act by Springsteen and the E Street Band for Bonnie Raitt on May 9th at the Harvard Square Theatre. Jon Landau was there to cover the show for Boston’s The Real Paper, while Schneier was present to document the performance with his camera. Landau famously wrote that he “saw the rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,” while Schneier’s photographs would be the only visual record of that fateful night.

Fast-forward to more recent times, Schneier teamed up with Backstreets Publishing editor and owner Chris Phillips to immortalize the historic Springsteen performance in a photo book. They plan for it to be a hardcover book with 90 pages of “richly designed narrative and photographic journey through the night.” Apart from color and black and white images, it will also include Barry’s own recollections of both the soundcheck and the show itself.


Rock and roll musicians, Springsteen fans, and music historians alike will surely find this book an interesting recollection of the memorable performance. For those who want to get more, the rewards include three 8″ x 10″  black and white prints, which make more affordable options compared to gallery offerings.

The project still has 20 days to go, so if you want to show your support and grab a copy, head to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more and make your pledge.

All images from the Kickstarter campaign by Barry Schneier