Film shows Springsteen recording 'Darkness' album

Bruce Springsteen performs during the Rainforest Fund's 21st Birthday Celebration benefit concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, May 13, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

August 4, 2010 7:04:57 PM PDT
An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen on a new documentary that chronicles the recording of the Boss' 1978 album.

The film, "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," will premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Thom Zimny gained access to never-before-seen footage of rehearsals and recording sessions shot from 1976-78.

At the time, Springsteen was working to move past years of legal trouble and match the success he had with "Born to Run."

"The Darkness" album featured many songs recorded with a full band immediately after being written. Tracks covered the plight of average Americans, from the struggling everyday hero in "Badlands" to hopelessness in the title track.


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