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Monday 26 January 2015

Bruce: Kids won't watch documentary

Bruce Springsteen doesn't think his kids want to watch his documentary
Bruce Springsteen doesn't think his kids want to watch his documentary

Bruce Springtsteen doesn't think his three children are bothered about watching a documentary about his 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

But The Boss hopes his kids - now aged between 16 and 20 - will appreciate the film later in life, since he partly made it for them.

"Do you really want to watch your dad, watching thousands cheer your parents?" he said. "Nobody wants to see that. Watching people boo your folks, that would be something worth coming to see."

The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge of Town - which is being screened on HBO in the US this week - includes the moment a bleary-eyed Bruce forced drummer Max Weinberg to repeatedly hit his snare drum, searching for a sound he imagined in his head but could never quite get on tape.

"Madness has its rewards - if in the end you don't destroy yourself," Bruce said. "I had an idea but a lot of it, looking back now, probably could have been dispensed with and everyone would have been left with a little more of their sanity. But that was how we made those records. I believed at that time that you had to work hard at something. I didn't trust anything that came too easily."

The attitude made him think hard about what he wanted to say and made for well-constructed songs.

"I wanted them to last and they did last," he said.

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