Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind

Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind


Rolling Stone hailed The River as “a rock ‘n’ roll milestone”. Springsteen described it as “a gateway to… my future writing”, because it was at this point that he started to write songs with more depth that touched on social issues. In Thom Zimny’s intimate documentary the Boss shares his take on the writing-to-performing process interspersed with acoustic versions of Hungry Heart and Independence Day, as well as several previously unheard demos, rehearsal clips and outtakes of songs such as Stray Bullet and Cindy.


The singer looks back on the making of The River, the double album he recorded with the E Street Band in 1980, which was followed with a successful tour. He provides his personal account of the events that inspired the album and the influence of his own working-class roots, and plays acoustic versions of some of the tracks featured on it.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Bruce Springsteen
Director Thom Zimny
Documentary Music