|Springsteen reaches out to the fans.|
Popular music is one of life’s most cherished forms of entertainment; soundtracks to each of our own personnel lives, something that can make you remember good times and bad. For one night only on Monday 22nd July 2013 the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre joined another 1,999 cinemas worldwide to show the premiere of the documentary Springsteen & I (2013) that celebrates a career that has spanned four decades since New Jersey born singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972 and released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park in early 1973.
Produced by Ridley Scott and put together by director and music video maker Baillie Walsh the documentary consisted of short video clips, photographs, old footage and audio narration sent in by the fans, helping to build a picture of what Springsteen really means to them and the affects he had on their lives. It also featured footage of live performances of some of Springsteen’s most popular songs. Following the films credits those of us that attended this theatrical release were treated to six exclusive performances from 2012’s Hard Rock Calling concert in London’s Hyde Park followed by some great moments between the artist and some of his devotees seen in the film.
The real stars of the documentary were the fans, some made you laugh, some made you cry, others made you cringe at times but what a great bunch of people they turned out to be. Of course we must not forget the great man him self who is not only a top class entertainer, singing and performing some great rock music but come’s across as a really nice guy who’s personally always shines through and who seems to genuinely care about his audiences and his fan’s. Even this blogger shelled out for a copy of Essential Bruce Springsteen to play on the MP3!!!