As Bruce Springsteen prepared to release the lavish boxed set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, he sat down with Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt to look back on the personal trials and artistic struggles that led to his hardest-rocking record ever. To read the full Q&A, check out the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and in our online archives on Friday. In the meantime, check out these exclusive audio clips, in which Springsteen opens up on his relationship with his father, his life as “an alienated person by nature” and more.
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What happened to you on March 16, 1999? I’m from New Jersey and a big Bruce Springsteen fan. He was about to get the E Street Band back together so I sent him and his art director my book “Discovery Inn.” So on that day my phone rings and it was Larry Jenkins, Dylan’s manager, and he said, “I hear you are the man to shoot Bob Dylan!” and I was like “uhhh… yeah!” The same day I go to MTV for another project and I’m telling everyone at the meeting my Dylan story and then my phone rings. I swear to god, like clockwork, it was Springsteen’s art director saying she had gotten the book and was really excited and wanted me to come down and shoot some photos.
The Light In Darkness reports on the Boss at the Toronto International Film Festival. Great insider’s perspective and awesome pictures - but then again from Lawrence Kirsch we’ve come to expect no less ;)
“Hobbled by legal wrangles, a frustrated Bruce Springsteen turned Born to Run’s optimism on its head – and Darkness on the Edge of Town was born. With a hugely expanded reissue finally compiled, he talks to Keith Cameron”
A few minutes before Bruce Springsteen stepped onstage in the 550-seat flagship cinema of the new TIFF Bell Lightbox, a stage hand removed the guitar stand. Which seemed to comfirm wasn’t going to be that kind of show. It was, however, the hottest ticket at the festival: a chance to spend an hour or so in a relatively intimate theatre listening to actor Edward Norton interview the Boss about music, cinema, celebrity and politics. And it seemed as strange for them as it was for us. Springsteen is perfectly at home singing for 20,000 people, and Norton (Primal Fear) can comfortably shape-shift into a psychopath in front of a movie camera. But they were both novices at performing in an onstage interview, which had a certain homespun charm.