Bruce Springsteen fans are already awaiting the deluxe reissue his album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978 this fall, but even better news may be the documentary about the making of the album that will premiere on HBO in October. Called The Promise, at the Toronto Film Festival it will screen in September. Rolling Stone reported some details about the doc after speaking to Thom Powers, the Toronto fest’s documentary programmer. Powers told the magazine, “The strength of this movie is that it just concentrates on the making of just one album. There’s not even much concert pictures.”
What it does have, it appears, is plenty of rare vintage studio picture, original studio recordings, and extensive new interviews with, among others, the Boss himself, Patti Smith (who co-wrote “Because the Night”), and members of the E Street Band, including the late organist Danny Federici. After reading the news, I scrolled through Life.com’s gallery of vintage Springsteen shots and was reminded again just how much I love looking at pictures from ’70s-era E Street Band. Like just the ticket for me a whole movie about that time sounds. Are you tuning in? And do you agree as many do that Darkness is Springsteen at his best?