Bruce Springsteen’s sprawling yet masterful 1980 album The River catapulted him to arena status, and now a making-of docu about that record is coming to HBO. The premium channel said today that The Ties That Bind, named for the LP’s lead track, will premiere November 27.
The documentary focuses on the creation of The River, a thrilling double album that featured Springsteen first top 10 hit “Hungry Heart” along with such classics as “Cadillac Ranch,” “Point Blank,” “Out In The Street” and the haunting, cautionary title track. It also will include previously unreleased archival footage from the River Tour, which raised the singer-songwriter’s profile worldwide, and more than 100 recently unearthed photos of Springsteen and the E Street Band during the recording sessions. Also featured are previously unheard demos and outtakes from the 14-month recording process, including such songs as “Stray Bullet,” “Chain Lightning,” “The Time That Never Was,” “Cindy” and “Take ‘Em as They Come.”
Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny showcases Springsteen’s first-person take on his writing process, offering an in-depth discussion on the origins of key tracks from his only double-disc studio set. Springsteen shares how they were developed, from the notebook page to the studio to the concert stage.
This marks HBO’s third making-of docu about a Springsteen album, following last year’s film about the 2014 disc High Hopes and 2010’s The Promise, which focused on Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Zimny , who directed both of those films, also produced The Ties That Bind. Springsteen is an executive producer alongside his longtime manager Jon Landau and Barbara Carr.