The latest Bruce Springsteen film chronicling the Letter To You recording sessions will be released on Friday, October 23rd to coincide with the new album's release. The movie, which is once again directed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator Thom Zimny, was produced by manager Jon Landau and Zimny, co-produced by co-manager Barbara Carr, with Springsteen serving as executive producer.
An announcement was posted on Springsteen's official website, reading:
Bruce Springsteen fans around the world will get a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic artist’s creative process in the documentary feature film, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You, from Apple Original Films, premiering exclusively on Apple TV+, Friday, October 23. The feature-length verite documentary arrives the same day as Springsteen's new album Letter To You, and features full performances from The E Street Band, in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material and a deeper look into Letter To You from Springsteen himself.
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You captures Springsteen recording Letter To You live with the full E Street Band, and includes final take performances of ten originals from the new record. Written by Springsteen and directed by his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny.
IN OTHER SPRINGSTEEN NEWS
Out today (October 6th) is the new book, Bruce Springsteen: All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. The tome was written by co-authors Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon, who are best known for their previous All The Songs books on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.
Backstreets.com, the leading Springsteen fan website posted about the book, which spans nearly 50 years worth of albums, EP's, B-sides, archival releases, soundtrack songs, and more: “We must immediately note that there are holes here: yes to The Promise but no to The River outtakes from The Ties That Bind; yes to Tracks (and 18 Tracks) but no to The Essential Bruce Springsteen's Disc 3. That said, this enormous book remains a massive undertaking and a massive physical object, covering Springsteen releases up through Chapter And Verse and Western Stars (and including 'Rhinestone Cowboy') over its 672 pages.”
Bruce Springsteen explained that with the release of Darkness On The Edge Of Town in 1978, he felt the need to downsize his music to better serve his art as well as regain a hold of where he came from both socially and creatively: “Most of the material on Darkness is confrontational. It's about somebody that, he turns the car around. He heads back to town, for better or for worse. It was something that I felt I did because I just had to do (it) and that was where I felt that. . . There were so many people who had lost that part of themselves. Great musicians, great artists, great singers — a long line of them — and when they did, if they didn't die physically — which many of them did — they died essentially, or they died somewhere inside.”
Only months after finishing his and the E Street Band's 1980/'81 world tour behind The River, Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded the 1982 Nebraska album, which touched upon the souls — like himself — whom life had either passed by or had cast out of society: “That was kinda rock bottom (laughs), y'know? It was, that was a record, I guess, where I came home from tour, I sat down and in about two months I wrote the whole thing, y'know? What happens when, y'know, all those things just break down? What happens when you're friends fail you — when you fail your friends, and you are alone? That's kinda where Born In The U.S.A. started to come from.” SOUND
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