A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 27, 1975

Covering rock music, as Correspondent James Willwerth discovered on this week's story on Bruce Springsteen, can be almost as exhausting as gigging a round of one-night stands. Based in New York, Willwerth has reported on the multibillion-dollar record business for TIME for several years. It was while working on a cover story on the industry (TIME, Feb. 12, 1973) that Willwerth first heard of Springsteen, then the idol of a small but growing cult. After listening to an acetate pressing of the struggling rock rebel's first album, Willwerth marked Springsteen as a singer to remember.

Partly as a result, Willwerth approached this...

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