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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Springsteen & I
Directed by Baillie Walsh
Eagle Vision USA 07/13 DVD/VHS Documentary
It's obvious that rock-and-roll superstar Bruce Springsteen loves his fans. His live concerts are legendary for the energy he puts into every performance and the ecstatic responses of his devoted fans. At age 63, Springsteen is still going strong and performing around the world. To watch him work a crowd of anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people is to experience the exhilaration of a master at work, feeding off the enthusiasm of the undulating bodies and the power of the music generated by the E Street Band.
When director Baille Walsh set out to make a documentary about "the Boss," as Springsteen is called, he decided not to do the usual concert film. Instead he asked Bruce's fans to contribute personal video clips about what he means to them. The response was great; the documentary incorporates the efforts of more than 2,000 fans from around the world. Said producer Ridley Scott, "This beautifully crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music." For fans and those who wonder what the fuss is all about, this two-night event is not to be missed.
Throughout the film, fans share three words which come to mind when they think of Bruce: joy, passion, hope, heart, ferocious, intimate, and many more. Among the lucky fans whose videos are included in this film are:
At the beginning of the film, Bruce and the E-Street Band greet a huge stadium audience with a wall of sound. "Where we want to go," Bruce yells to the crowd, "we can't get there by ourselves. We need you." For a lot of people — including us — the feeling is mutual.
Special features on the DVD include Bruce Springsteen — Hard rock calling 2012; Thunder Road; Because The Night; We Are Alive; When I Saw Her Standing There — with Paul McCartney; Twist and Shout — with Paul McCartney; Fan Submissions; Rogerio's film — Dreams; Murakami's film — Minami's film; and "Meet the Fans."
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• See the poster composed of photos of fans with their first Springsteen album.