In the trajectory of Bruce Springsteen’s career, May 9th, 1974 at Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a historic milestone. His performance that night opening for Bonnie Raitt was the one which journalist Jon Landau wrote about, saying he had seen “rock and roll future.” It was also the night that “Born to Run” was played live for the first time as a way to impress The Real Paper writer, who would eventually become his manager and remains so to this day.
Barry Schneier was a photographer for Window Pane Productions at the time, a music promotion company based in Boston. He captured the concert that night, as seen in these photos, with the most remarkable photograph being the first one in the series. The shot of Springsteen sitting at the piano playing “For You” is captivating with its clarity, composition, and use of light and shadow. It has been archived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is currently part of an upcoming exhibit “The GRAMMY Museum Presents: Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey” at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. These photos are the only known media of the concert, showing one of the most important moments in rock and roll history.