Although Bruce Springsteen’s huge body of work has had its highs and its not so highs, there is one distinct period within his career that remains, almost inarguably, his most creative, consistent, and satisfying. We talk of course of the trilogy of albums he released between 1978 and 1982, comprising Darkness On The Edge Of Town, The River and Nebraska. Across these recordsBruce’s storytelling was up there with Steinbeck’s, his songs ranked with Dylan’s best and the live shows were as exciting as anything James Brown had ever delivered.
This documentary film looks again at these albums, and the shows he performed around them, and charts Springsteen’s journey through this dark but glorious period.
Historical musical performances, reassessed by a panel of esteemed experts
Obscure footage, rare interviews (with Springsteen and with others) and seldom seen photographs
Review, comment, criticism and insight from; former Rolling Stone magazine editor Anthony De Curtis, early E-street Band member, Vini Lopez; author of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and American Song, Larry David Smith; Springsteen biographers June Skinner Sayers and Eric Alterman; singer-songwriter Laura Veirs; Village Voice music editor, Robert Christgau and many others
Footage of and comment on Springsteen’s most significant musical influences
Live and studio recordings of some of Bruce’s finest songs, such as Prove It All Night, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Hungry Heart, The River, Highway Patrolman, Mansion On The Hill, and many others
Special Feature; ‘The Phases Of Springsteen’ – Larry David Smith explains his ‘soap opera’ theory
Meet The Panel – Full and Illustrated contributor biographies
Beyond DVD – More from Bruce