Just before St. Patrick’s Day last month, I had the occasion to sit with Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and his charming wife Fionnuala, at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, thanks to my friends Billy Martin and Joey Filosa. I gave the Prime Minister a copy of Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, the book I edited featuring Frank Stefanko’s photographs of Springsteen with an introduction by Bruce himself. Stefanko’s images of Springsteen are well known from his photos on the covers of Bruce’s albums The River and Darkness on the Edge of Town, as well as on the cover of Bruce’s recently published autobiography, Born to Run.
Prime Minister Kenny was delighted to have Frank’s book and told me that at Springsteen’s last concert in Dublin at Croke Park, which the Prime Minister attended, he was caught on film playing air guitar to one of Bruce’s songs, and that the video went viral.
Frank Stefanko’s photos are available through Govinda Gallery.