Blinded by the Light: The Inspiring Bruce Springsteen Film and Musical

August 16, 2019

Bruce Springsteen, Blinded by the Light

"Blined by the Light" a song written by Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on his 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. reached number one the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1977. "The Boss" inspired film with the same title is a British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha and inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love for the works of Bruce Springsteen.

The film takes place in Luton, England in 1987 (think Milwaukee or Detroit in the U.S.) during difficult financial and political times. A coming of age, romantic comedy about a teenage Muslim living in Britain in the 1980s. He turns to the music of Bruce Springsteen to help deal with his overbearing father & hassle from local thugs.

Film opens August 16, 2019. 

Springsteen songs are expertly woven into the story as full on musical numbers with singing and dancing by the cast. 

"We could have used any of the songs," said Chadha during an interview at CNET. "I wanted to make sure we didn't make a jukebox musical. I sat there with all the lyrics in front of me as I was doing the draft and made sure each lyric would fit Javed's story."

Soundtrack: (via Wikipedia)

Springsteen allowed twelve of his songs to be used in the soundtrack and it features several Springsteen rarities, including the first performance of “The River,” from the No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979 and an acoustic rendition of “The Promised Land” that Springsteen performed in 2014 at Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. The soundtrack also showcases a number of Springsteen's classics such as “Badlands,” “Hungry Heart” and a 1975 acoustic recording of “Thunder Road" performed at The Roxy Theatre.

The soundtrack contains a previously unreleased Springsteen song "I'll Stand by You", which was originally written for inclusion in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Sources cited: (Wikipedia, CNET)