Jon Landau was a music writer who’d failed as a producer, and who was wondering about his place in the world. Bruce Springsteen was on his second album for CBS, but far from a star. The coming together of the two was their making. “Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theater, I saw rock’n’roll past flash before my eyes,” Landau wrote in a confessional review for the Boston alternative free sheet the Real Paper. “And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.” Landau’s endorsement was critical for Springsteen’s standing with CBS – the “rock and roll future” line became a key part of the Springsteen mythology. More importantly, it led Springsteen to seek out Landau as a sounding board for his ideas as he prepared his next album. Born to Run made Springsteen a star, and Landau’s contribution was so great Springsteen decided he would be the man to guide him through his career as manager, producer, consigliere – not just his right-hand man, but his right hand.
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The Light In Darkness is a collector’s edition, we are almost sold out. Less than 200 copies remain. A great companion piece to The Promise box set, it focuses on the 1978 Darkness on The Edge of Town album and tour. Read about the iconic concerts from fans who were there – the Agora, Winterland, Roxy, MSG, Capitol Theatre, Boston Music Hall, The Spectrum and over seventy more!
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