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I remember hearing Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love for the first time. It would have been on cassette and it would have been on the road. What that album meant to be then would take a longer essay – maybe a book – but that is for another time. What I remember about the album is pretty well everything. To say I became obsessed is an understatement of gargantuan proportions and by the time I met the man who mixed the record, Mr Bob Clearmountain, a few months later the only questions I wanted to ask him were about that album.

Bob’s memorable quote was one that stuck with me for a long time after. Referring to Springsteen’s then wife, Julianne Phillips, Bob apparently asked The Boss, ‘Has Julie heard these songs?’

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It’s not difficult to see why the question got asked. As the tracks went past and Bob balanced the self produced multi tracks one thing was certain about the theme of the record. The character or characters in these songs were unhappily out of love. Whether it’s the man questioning his own identity in ‘Brilliant Disguise’ or the couple entering that dark fairground ride itself or the lover who tells his partner that they take ‘One step up and two steps back’ these are relationships getting into deep water without any sight of shore.

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I remember exactly the day I received TOL as a gift.

It was in 1990, maybe 1991. There was a very popular girl in school, and a group of wannabees crawling around her.... 

One day, 8 am in the morning, she walked towards me before class, took TOL cassette out of her pocket, and said:

"I hear you're into Bruce Springsteen. He's so outdated and old, I found this in my Dad's drawer, and you can have it."

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Bruce Springsteen's career and music have been written about so extensively that it's difficult to believe there are any questions still waiting to be answered about his classic records, but it's true, and we've just been granted the answer to one of the oldest Boss-related mysteries.

Specifically, if you've ever looked at the cover of Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" single and wondered about the woman on the bicycle in the background, her identity has now been revealed courtesy of the Asbury Park Coaster, where reporter Joseph Sapia delves into the history of the cover shot — starting with the copy Springsteen signed for photographer Joel Bernstein, writing, "Who was that girl?"

It wasn't until sometime later in the '80s that New Jersey resident Annmarie Solimini Adderley realized she was the one straddling her bike while leaning into the payphone in the shot — and it wasn't until earlier this year that a Facebook discussion among a group of Springsteen fans led to Adderley tracking Bernstein down and reaching out to him.

"People were commenting if this girl ever claimed her fame," Adderley tells the Coaster. "My girlfriend emailed me, ‘They’re talking about you.’"

According to Adderley, she didn't recognize Springsteen at the shoot and didn't realize what she was pedaling into; similarly, Bernstein looks back on her sudden presence in the background of the shot as a serendipitous bit of happenstance that ended up adding something extra. After speaking with Adderley and verifying her claim, Bernstein sent her a signed copy.

"Bruce Springsteen and Annmarie Adderley, the mystery girl at the phone booth," reads the inscription on the photo, which is being mounted at the Ocean Park Gallery in Asbury Park. "This print is my gift to you after all these years for inadvertently bicycling into my frame and serendipitously adding a degree of depth and mystery that I could never have come up with on my own."

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Just before Time Magazine named Bruce Springsteen "Rock's New Sensation" in 1975, the singer was touring college campuses in Pennsylvania, a short trip away from his home town in New Jersey – and one of the stops was Ursinus College in Collegeville.

The show, held on April 20 1974 in Helfferich Hall, was performed when Springsteen's career was uncertain, according to an authorized biography on the singer released in 2012. In Peter Carlin's book, "Bruce" the author states that the artist's career was "crumbling," and he was about to get dumped by his label in the summer of 1975, just before "Born to Run" was released in August

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... then the Bottom Line gigs, first the one in '74 and then the one that broke Bruce's career in '75, when he was simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek. The shows those two years were substantially the same, different material but the same Bruce, the public difference was that the business management had changed, the world opened it's doors to another overnight sensation. People really loved those performances, there was joy in the air. I was the staff photographer at The Bottom Line, I had all access for those ten shows and I shot through eight of them, once cutting a hole in the soundbooth fabric above the stage to get an unusual angle. And the matured kid from New Jersey had become some kind of intellectual behind my back he could handle all comers at all the different levels, and still his manner was relaxed and open. Now performers were coming backstage to him and most everyone was beginning to admit he was a pretty damn good guitar player.

Peter Cunningham
http://www.egoaltar.com/springsteen/

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"Can you believe this is Bruce Springsteen!? I didn't even KNOW who it was when I took this picture in San Fransisco at a Columbia Records convention in 1973. My friend Chip Monck was doing the lighting and staging for their event and I was HIS photographer. This guy came out in his undershirt and I thought "who the heck is this!?" ...now I'm a big fan!" Pictures by Henry Diltz.

Note: the Columbia Records convention mentioned here is the private CBS Sales Convention show at FAIRMONT HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1973-07-27 not the now famous video taped Ahmanson Theatre LA 1973 show, 1973-05-01, organized and promoted by CBS as 'A Week To Remember'

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On 8/17/2020 at 5:14 PM, el sergio said:

"Can you believe this is Bruce Springsteen!? I didn't even KNOW who it was when I took this picture in San Fransisco at a Columbia Records convention in 1973. My friend Chip Monck was doing the lighting and staging for their event and I was HIS photographer. This guy came out in his undershirt and I thought "who the heck is this!?" ...now I'm a big fan!" Pictures by Henry Diltz.

Note: the Columbia Records convention mentioned here is the private CBS Sales Convention show at FAIRMONT HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1973-07-27 not the now famous video taped Ahmanson Theatre LA 1973 show, 1973-05-01, organized and promoted by CBS as 'A Week To Remember'

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