This photograph, taken by Ken Friedman, caught Bruce Springsteen on his "Born in the U.S.A." tour against an American Flag background. The show took place at the Oakland Coliseum Stadium on September 18, 1985 and is one of our most popular photographs.
Bruce Springsteen honed a political message in his music and stage show that was intended to speak to and represent the American working class, who he perceived as being ignored. In 1984, he found his place in pop mainstream culture with his breakthrough album Born in the USA. The title track was a bitter commentary on the treatment of Vietnam veterans. Misinterpreting the song, Ronald Regan appropriated the title track for his re- election campaign song that year.
Bill Graham knew that the rock concerts BGP staged were unique events and by the early 1970s regularly assigned staff photographers to range the venues and capture the scenes on film. We are now pleased to present them to you as our Concert Photos collection. Incredible, slice-of-life portraits of the performers and crowds that freeze-frame an era, our Concert Photos are archival quality and are available in 11x14 and 16x20 prints (more sizes upon special request).
Wolfgang's Vault also licenses the use of our Concert Photos to television, film and other agencies for advertising and other purposes. Please contact us for more information.