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There’s a beaming, bearded young Bruce Springsteen — working out a song at his kitchen table in Bradley Beach, during those wild and innocent days before he became “Rock and Roll’s Future.”

There’s Muhammad Ali, as elegant and provocative in a curbside candid moment as he was in the ring. Woody Allen, Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder; iconic artists at ease in their public personas. For much of the decade of the 1970s, the work of photographer Ed Gallucci regularly graced the pages of Crawdaddy, the now-legendary music and pop culture periodical known as “the first magazine to take rock and roll seriously.” Shadowing and shooting musicians who would become household names (Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Steve Winwood) — as well as some of the most game-changing visionaries in American cinema (Altman, Allen, Cassavetes) — the Brooklyn-born maverick captured a unique moment in our time, with an attitude and an appetite for life that was as freewheeling and colorful as the Seventies itself.

On October 2, 2012, Monmouth University will host an opening reception and artist lecture for the exhibition Ed Gallucci: The Crawdaddy Years and Beyond, a retrospective of editorial and studio work by the Clio Award winning lensman who helped bring The Boss to the attention of a nationwide audience. On display at the Pollak Gallery inside the school’s flagship performing arts center, the show represents the first major solo exhibit of Gallucci’s work — as well as a rare opportunity to view images from his 1972 session with the 23 year old Springsteen many of which have only recently been made public.

After an opening reception in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ed Gallucci will present an artist lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the adjacent Pollak Theatre telling some of the stories behind the photographs and their high profile subjects. The exhibition will be on view through October 17.  Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For additional information on the Ed Gallucci exhibition and other gallery events on the West Long Branch campus of Monmouth University, please contact call 732.263.5712 or visit

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Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507