If you’re a Bruce Springsteen fan heading to the Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park on Sunday, September 18, be sure to check out the Transparent Clinch Gallery pop-up tent in Bradley Park.
There, to the left of the small stage, six unpublished photographs taken by the Boss, including a self-portrait.
“I’m a bit blown away,” said fan Steve Saul of Asbury Park. “I love that they are authentic, signed by Bruce. I had no idea he was so into photography. I want to see more. I think it’s excellent.
Five of the six photos appear to have been taken at a Race of Gentlemen event in Jersey Shore, where participants race vintage cars and motorcycles on the beach. Springsteen attended the 2017 edition in Wildwood. He was not at Sea.Hear.Now on Saturday.
Springsteen and his camera were a regular thing in Jersey in the summer of 2017, before he started his run in ‘Springsteen on Broadway’. He also brought it to the Freehold Memorial Day Parade and Asbury Park.
Sea.Hear.Now photos, which were not announced before the festival, are signed and not for sale. They have a gritty realism about them, burnished with a patina of time and sand. The self-portrait shows Springsteen looking down slightly, with part of his face cropped out of the photo.
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The pop-up gallery features works by other musicians playing the festival, including a series of self-portraits of Saturday’s headliner Stevie Nicks. Most of the photos were taken before the era of the cell phone selfie.
Nicks lit up the night in her Saturday performance after a rocky start. The Fleetwood Mac veteran gained momentum with a performance of “Gypsy,” and she brought things together with a soulful cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”
“Landslide,” which sparked a chant among the nearly 30,000 people on the beach, was dedicated to his goddaughter Tessa Fleetwood, who was in the audience.
After:The first day buzz at Sea.Hear.Now
Nicks said performing at the Asbury Park festival felt like a “fairy tale”.
The festival is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza, and locals Danny Clinch and Tim Donnelly. Clinch is a Toms River native who has photographed music greats from Springsteen to Tupac Shakur.
More music, including a closing set from Green Day, is scheduled for Sunday. Visit www.seahearnowfestival.com for more information.
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]