October 27, 2023
Happy 74th Birthday to "the foundation of The E Street Nation, The Tennessee Terror..." bassist extraordinaire Mr. Garry W. Tallent. And special thanks to Nicki Germaine for providing us with the beautiful images above for our "From '74 to 74" photo-montage birthday tribute to Garry. We also want to thank both Nicki Germaine and Garry Tallent for arranging a special "BossBassBday" signed-item offer for our readers. See all of the details below.
The black-and-white 1974 image above on the left is, of course, from Nicki's excellent limited-edition photo-book Springsteen: Liberty Hall. This book, published late last year, is a stunning visual record of Bruce Springsteen and the (not yet officially named as such) E Street Band's first-ever gigs in Texas, at Houston's Liberty Hall in March of 1974, during the relatively brief period when Ernest "Boom" Carter was the band's drummer, before both Carter and keyboardist David Sancious left the band to pursue together a jazz-fusion path with bassist Gerald Carboy in their band Tone. In addition to full-page high-quality presentations of Germaine's beautiful black-and-white and color photography, the book contains insightful, moving essays by Bruce Springsteen, Robert Santelli (Executive Director of The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music,) Garry Tallent, and Nicki Germaine.
Check out this cool, rockin' little promo-video for the book, with music by Garry Tallent:
And if you don't yet own a copy, or if you'd like to purchase a copy for someone else as a gift (especially with the holiday gift-giving season approaching,) we have a special Letters To You Garry's-Birthday signed-item offer for you, courtesy of Nicki Germaine and Garry Tallent themselves. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with this subject-line: "BossBassBday" That will let Nicki Germaine and her team know that you're a Letters To You reader interested in a Nicki-Germaine-AND-Garry-Tallent-autographed copy of the book ($65 plus shipping and handling) and/or a Nicki-Germaine-AND-Garry-Tallent-autographed 8x10 high-quality archival pigment print on cotton rag paper (see image below, $85 plus shipping and handling.)
In the body of your email message, please specify how many of which item you want, and provide your Paypal or Venmo information for invoicing/billing purposes, along with your mailing address.
Thanks again to Nicki - AND Garry - for arranging this special offer for Letters To You readers. And of course Happy Birthday - and many, many more - to "Boss Bass Man" Garry Tallent!