Details emerge about the upcoming Bruce Springsteen doc

Bruce-Springsteen-StreetImage Credit: Lynn Goldsmith/CorbisBruce Springsteen fans are already awaiting the deluxe reissue his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town 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, it will screen at the Toronto Film Festival 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 footage.”

What it does have, it seems, is plenty of rare vintage studio footage, 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. A whole movie about that time sounds like just the ticket for me. Are you tuning in? And do you agree — as many do — that Darkness is Springsteen at his best?

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  • Madd

    Anything with Bruce Springesteen= instant win in my book. And I love the pictures too…Bruce was beyond when he was younger, huh?

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  • Maria

    My favorite Bruce album and era ever – BP (before Patti); no offense Patti, but Bruce and the band were the best before BITUSA….

  • Barry

    Who cares? The so called working man’s poet who lives in splendor in Rumsey, NJ. I can’t wait for the 10-1 reissue of the John Lennon CDS. Now he’s a TRUE working man’s hero!

    • Scott

      Yeah, “working class hero” Lennon lived in absolute squallor…in the ultra-exclusive multi-million dollar Dakota.

      Nice try, though.

      • Maria

        ….not to mention his and Yoko’s home in Bermuda…

    • Doreen

      Don’t get me wrong, I am DEFINITELY a Lennon fan as well as Beatles fan but isn’t this a BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN website? Why are you here bashing him? Can you IMAGINE all the people living life in peace?

  • Jona

    John Lennon TRUE WORKING MAN’S hero ????????????? lmfao

    Springsteen is a god

    • Barry

      Good thing I’m an athiest.

      • Tim

        I think you meant ‘idiot’

  • Frank from

    “Born To Run” through “Tunnel of Love” is one of the greatest winning streaks in rock music history. But song for song, I think “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” remains Springsteen’s best and most important album. It solidified with intense conviction and eloquence an artistic vision of American life which he continues to pursue to this day. But even better, just listen to those electric guitars. They’re loud, messy, full of feedback, and arguably the #1 reason why The Clash, The Ramones, and Patti Smith considered The Boss as one of their own.

    • Josh

      In my humble opinion this is Bruce & E Street at their best. This album was filled with such raw power & emotion, the likes of which I’ve never heard anywhere else. That’s what makes the present so frustrating. Springsteen simply can’t make music like this anymore. I find myself re-listening to Greetings, BTR, Darkness, The River, etc over & over again because he can not seem to recapture that greatness. And as a lifelong (34 yrs & counting) Springsteen fan, it pains me to say that.

      • Rick

        I would put The Rising up there. The last 2- ehhh

  • James

    I’m still waiting for a Frank Zappa documentary. C’mon Gail, it’s time to bury the hatchet with Frank’s past.

  • ariettty

    When you see Bruce live and he plays cuts from Darkness on the Edge of Town, they flat out rock the arena. I’m so excited to see this documentary. The DVDs Live at the Hammersmith Odeon and The Making of Born to Run were fabulous. But my favorite album would have to The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Bruce, with the help of the E Street Band which included at the time the imcomparable David Sancious, set the sounds of city life to music in that album.

  • socalrumbledoll

    Darkness encompasses the paradox of despair, desperation and hope that Springsteen was until he finally found contentness. Not necessarily Bruce at his greatest, but definitely at one of his most significant crossroads in life

  • Rick

    I was an on the fence Springsteen fan until Darkness came out.I still am amazed to this day when I listen to that album. Every song has it’s own unique power. It is one of the great albums of all time. Keep your fingers crossed for a tour in 2011. Clarence and Nils healthy and Max not going back to Conan.

  • kat

    To each his own, Barry………and for me it’s Bruce!

  • Doreen

    All of THE BOSS’ music has been the soundtrack of my life but my all time favorite album is The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. He is truly one of the great poets of this era, not to mention the phenomenon he is on stage!

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