Darkness On The Edge Of Town was Springsteen’s
make-or-break follow-up to the classic 1975 album Born To Run—which had made him a superstar.
Thom Zimny’s film shows the young Springsteen driving himself, his band and his manager almost to distraction in his search for perfection.
He was striving to represent the life of the working class community that had raised him.
Springsteen was also attempting to describe the shortcomings of the life that would be the fate of most who lived there.
The film uses previously unseen black and white footage shot between 1976 and 1978.
Imagine: Bruce Springsteen—Darkness Revisited
Tuesday 7 December, 10.35pm, BBC1