THE PROMISE: THE MAKING OF DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

Springsteen fans will love THE PROMISE.  It gives an inside look at how a great artist makes a great record.  DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN took longer to make than anyone could have anticipated because of lawsuits and Bruce’s unwavering commitment to his art.  The viewer learns how smart Springsteen was.. way beyond his 27 years at the time.  He could have made another Born To Run, but he knew that would have been a mistake.  A commercial success and an artistic failure.  The documentary is interesting and enlightening.  Even a casual fan, or someone who couldn’t give a darn about Springsteen’s music will be able to appreciate the struggle, vision and thoughtfulness of the artist.  As Springsteen sings in the title track, “Tonight I’ll be on that hill ’cause I can’t stop, I’ll be on that hill with everything I got.”  That’s his commitment as an artist and his promise to millions of fans.  — Alan Yudman

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