[New York]: [Columbia Records], . First Edition. Offset printed B&W pictorial postcard, 4" x 6.5" approx. Near fine. Near fine. Item #16799
Postcard promoting Sprintsteen's debut album, just two weeks after its release, with a printed text on verso inviting the holder to The Troubadour in West Hollywood on Feb. 26th 1973 for a performance by The Boss. An important piece of ephemera from Springsteen's first year touring under the auspices of a record label, evidence of the kind of grass-roots promotion employed by his management. As this card attests, much of the early marketing efforts expended on Springsteen centered on his dynamic live performances, and in the audience that night was LA Free Press journalist Peter Jay Philbin, who wrote of the show: "It was Bruce Springsteen who made the crowd collision, the stepped on toes, the smoke-pained eyeballs, the walk away from the TV set all worthwhile…never have I been more impressed with a debuting singer than I was with Bruce Springsteen on Monday night." A rare document from the very beginnings of a legendary rock-and-roll career.