Bruce Springsteen Appearing On Turner Home Classics This Weekend
On Saturday (November 2nd), Bruce Springsteen will appear on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as a "guest programmer," picking two of his favorite movies, and chatting with host Ben Mankiewicz. "The Boss" will be discussing John Ford's classic 1956 John Wayne classic The Searcher at 3:30 p.m. ET. After that, Springsteen will talk about Elia Kazan’s iconic 1957’s favorite A Face In The Crowd at 5:45 p.m. ET.
Rolling Stone reported that Springsteen, who was shot discussing the movie in his home studio New Jersey, spoke about the role cinema played in inspiring his own work, explaining, "I write in character. And to write like that you need to gather so much cinematic detail, constantly filling the songs with images, images, images, geography, little character traits, things very similar to script writing, really."
Springsteen touched upon how Charles Laughton's The Night Of The Hunter from 1955 and Terrence Malick's 1973 movie Badlands directly inspired his work on 1982's Nebraska: "The thing they have in common is they’re both twisted fairytales. Even the score in Badlands had, I believe, glockenspiel -- was very fairytale-ish. I took that sound picture and made a record to of it."
Much of the Born In The U.S.A. material had its roots in the batch of songs Springsteen had composed for his groundbreaking 1982 Nebraska album. The primarily acoustic set, recorded at home on a four-track recorder, showcased some of the bleaker moments of the human condition: ["That was kind of rock bottom (laughs), y'know? It was. . . That was a record, I guess, where I came home from tour, I sat down and in about two months sat down and wrote the whole thing. Y'know, what happens when, y'know, all those things just break down? What happens when your friends fail you -- or you fail your friends, and you are alone? That's kinda where where, I guess, Born In The U.S.A. started to come from."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . to come from)
Check your local listings for Bruce Springsteen's November 2nd appearance on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
On November 4th, Bruce Springsteen will once again headline the annual "Stand Up For Heroes" benefit at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.