Saturday, 14 August 2010

Bruce Springsteen doc upcoming details emerge

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’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?

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Bruce Springsteen New Documentary 'Darkness At The Edge Of Town',

Bruce Springsteen has confirmed details of a new documentary based on his album 'Darkness At The Edge Of Town'.
In 1975 Bruce Springsteen released 'Born To Run', rock icon becoming an almost instant. Its breath taking mixture of classic rock influences and everyman wisdom took both the charts and critics by storm.
In legal conflict however the singer was soon dogged down, and was prevented from releasing new material for some time. Able to work without restriction in the studio, what emerged was 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town'.
A much darker and more mature effort, the album established Bruce Springsteen as one of rock's most vital songwriters. Now 'Darkness On The Edge Of The Town' is set for a lavish re-issue, including a new documentary following the making of the album.
At the Toronto Film Festival set to premiere this September, the documentary includes some revealing pictures of the E Street Band working in the studio.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, 'Miami' Steve Van Zandt explained that work is well under way on the lavish re-issue package. He said, "We're doing a little bit of fixes on some Darkness on the Edge of Town outtakes, which is going to be a actually fun reissue coming for Christmas".
"We put 10 or so outtakes on the Tracks box set and we (have since) found 10 more" the guitarist continued. "I'm not sure how many we'll put on there. We'll go back and he might finish a lyric on one or two, or finish a harmony on one or two, but we'll keep them intact pretty much."
Meanwhile, drummer Max Weinberg described how a camera crew followed the band incessantly during the recording sessions. He said, "A lot it was captured on film".
"There studio was always a guy with a little hand held camera. If that does make the light of day, it would be something I would heartily endorse."
Bruce Springsteen is set to re-issue 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' later this year.