Bruce Springsteen is a known icon in the world of rock & roll, his music defined a generation and doing so changed the rock scene forever. Behind every song that Springsteen made were remarkable stories about the fans who lived them. In this new documentary: Springsteen and I, audiences everywhere can finally discover how the music of Bruce Springsteen became the soundtrack of our lives. Check out the latest new below:
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The film, produced by Ridley Scott Associates, is compiled from 2,000 video submissions sent in by Bruce Springsteen’s fans — and as much as “Springsteen and I” is centered on the iconic rock star, it is really about the devotees and obsessives who have followed him for the past 40 years.
So we get fans talking about what Springsteen’s music has mean to them, about the spiritual and sexual awakenings they’ve had at his concerts, about their encounters with the Boss on the stage and on the street.
“I had great trepidation going into this, because I was dependent on what people sent,” director Baillie Walsh told TheWrap. “I didn’t know what I was going to get. Now I can say that I really do love the film — and I can say that without bragging, because I didn’t actually film anything.”
A little disclosure is not only necessary at this point, but central to the story. (It’s also going to date me, but here goes.)
I’m a pretty huge Springsteen fan myself. I’ve seen the guy in concert 98 times, dating back to 1974 when I first encountered him as the opening act to Dr. John at the Santa Monica Civic. Back when “Born in the U.S.A.” mania was starting, I wrote a story for the Washington Post titled “Confessions of a Springsteen Fanatic.” I got to know him a little covering him over the years for places like Rolling Stone.
And it may be strange, given that history, but I find a fair number of diehard Springsteen fans a little creepy.
So I approached “Springsteen and I” with fascination, but also concern. Did I want to hear fanatics gush about how wonderful the guy is for 75 minutes? Could they tell me anything I didn’t know? Would all that Bruce-love just get a little embarrassing? When one person in the film brags about how she’s seen him in concert “more than 30″ times, would I be able to view that as an impressive number?
In fact, some parts of “Springsteen and I” are embarrassing, some of the people who sent in videos do gush too much, and a running conceit in which fans are asked to use three words to describe the guy doesn’t provide much insight or interest.
But Walsh has assembled the film deftly, and it builds to something substantial, charming and emotional.
It’s also quite funny, thanks initially to a long-suffering British guy whose wife has dragged him across Europe to concerts even though he doesn’t really like Springsteen’s music.
“Bruce Springsteen means love,” he tells his wife, who is holding the camera. “Not for him. But for you. You being a fan, I’ve had Bruce Springsteen songs rammed down my throat 24/7.”
The rest of the article can be read at The Wrap.
Springsteen and I is directed by Baillie Walsh and is going to be shown in cinemas on July 22nd 2013.
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