Springsteen’s Darkness Doc To Debut In Canada

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Good news for Canadian Springsteen fans and film festival enthusiasts. The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, which will presumably be released with the upcoming Darkness reissue we’re all so excited about, will make it’s debut at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. The Festival runs from September 9-19. The film was directed by Thom Zimny, who also directed Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run, and edited Springsteen’s Live In Hide Park and Hammersmith Odeon DVDs.

Here’s the official description:

“The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album. Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny has collaborated with Springsteen on this documentary, gaining access to never before seen footage shot between 1976-1978, capturing home rehearsals and recording sessions that allow us to see Springsteen’s creative process at work.”

Sounds like a hit.


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  1. With the much-anticipated release of a commemorative box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town slated for this October, Bruce Springsteen’s classic record is getting renewed attention in the music world. Details on the project are scarce; however, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Steven Van Zandt mentioned that about 10 unreleased songs will be included in the box set. Fans are surely hungry for any and all material they can get from the 1978 recording sessions and subsequent tour.

    For our own preview of what’s to come, we contacted Dick Wingate, who was intimately involved in the launch and marketing of the album and tour. He offers an insider’s view of what the Darkness era meant to Bruce and the band, while painting an often-humorous behind-the-scenes account of some of the tour’s highlights.

    Enjoy, and be certain to check out the book The Light in Darkness, which one fan said, “… would also make a great companion piece to the much anticipated commemorative Darkness box set…” The Light in Darkness

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