The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen
Director: Barry Rebo, Thom Zimny Cast: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
, Steve Van Zandt
Steve Van Zandt
Barry Rebo, Thom Zimny,


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In 1975, the album Born To Run transformed Bruce Springsteen from a barnstorming New Jersey rocker with an East Coast cult following to one of rock's most promising new stars. But the success of Born To Run brought Springsteen trouble as well as fame; when money began rolling in, he discovered just how unfair his contract with his then-manager was, leading to a long and difficult legal battle to win back control of his career. And while Springsteen spun tales of street kids in love and in trouble on Born To Run, for his next album he was eager too explore more mature themes in the lives of the working class community where he grew up. Recording the album became a long and painstaking process, as Springsteen wrote literally dozens of songs and spent months in the studio, tinkering with the tunes until the feel and the performances were exactly right. The album that resulted, 1977's Darkness On The Edge Of Town, was a critically lauded step forward for Springsteen that anticipated the themes and approach of much of his best work to follow. Documentary filmmaker Thom Zimny examines the genesis of this pivotal album in The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge Of Town, in which Springsteen, his band mates, his production team and several other observers discuss the long road that led to a masterpiece. The film was included as a bonus DVD in a Springsteen box set chronicling the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions; it also played a number of major film festivals, including the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
UPC: 0886978947291
Original Release: 2010
Source: Sony
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 49,999

Special Features

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band songs from 'The Promise'; Bruce Springsteen: A conversation with his fans

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Springsteen Participant
Steven Van Zandt Participant
Clarence Clemons Participant
Roy Bittan Participant
Danny Federici Participant
Max Weinberg Participant
Jon Landau Participant
Jimmy Iovine Participant
Patti Smith Participant
Patti Scialfa Participant
Garry Tallent Participant

Technical Credits
Barry Rebo Director,Producer
Thom Zimny Director,Editor,Producer
Brad Bergbom Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Carr Executive Producer
Jon Landau Executive Producer
William Rexer Cinematographer
Bruce Springsteen Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town
1. A Commitment to Life [8:39]
2. Two Clouds [12:08]
3. The Sound Picture [7:04]
4. The Process [6:22]
5. Notebook [5:22]
6. Pop Songs [5:58]
7. Studio Opinions [4:12]
8. Adult Music [10:09]
9. Making an Album [2:30]
10. Vision of Now [9:56]
11. Sense of Possibilities [4:25]
12. Credits [5:42]

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