Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Guest Blogger Gene Oberto on "Springsteen & I"
Back in June or July when the announcement reached me of a movie called “Springsteen and I,” I mailed a friend of mine, another Springsteen believer, if Bruce had finally jumped the shark.
The movie was a collection of hardcore fans who videoed themselves telling the viewer about their Bruce experiences or what his music means to them. It seemed, sight unseen, that it would be very unnecessary indulgence by his PR people to try to heighten the legend and keep his name out in the public as his latest tour was winding down. I prepared myself for the backlash and disappointment that all my heroes have given me, from Ali to DeNiro (you saw the Fockers?)
Just now I finished watching the movie and I want to tell you I was completely wrong. "Springsteen and I" was like reading a book you couldn’t put down. The love and commitment that these fans have is very moving. It’s not just Americans that have this devotion. The movie goes around the USA and Europe showing that Bruce Springsteen has the same affect on them all. You could shuffle any one of these featured and disperse them in different locations and the words would be the same.
This small celebratory movie will not magically change a non or lukewarm fan into suddenly a true believer. I’m sure that it will have the opposite outcome. I can hear “Ohhh, pul-eeze this is just too much!” It’s probably right, for them.
I, on the other hand, have my share of Springsteen adventures, and I won’t go into them at this writing. Let’s just say that this little movie is a like being in the crowd at one of Bruce’s concerts. Each, and every person is just like you, a member of the same brotherhood. We all have our stories and interpret his music and lyrics as if Springsteen wrote the song exclusively for “me.”
I guess if your a fan, I mean a real fan, you’ll be drawn into this movie no matter how skeptical you think you may be. “Springsteen and I” is one letter of love to your best friend though you have never met him. That, however, does not mean that you don’t know him.
“Springsteen and I” Running time: 1:17:30