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Bruce Springsteen: Raw video of Chris Jordan’s 2019 interview with Bruce Springsteen talking about ‘Western Stars’ in New York City

Asbury Park Press

Sounding off

Meet the new Boss. 

He’s not the same as the old Boss.

The Bruce Springsteen movie “Western Stars” is currently playing on digital outlets and it’s a part of a new era for the Boss, whose recent work, rock ‘n’ roll and otherwise, has been more introspective, autobiographical and unguarded about what makes him who he is.

Other examples of the new era include his memoir, “Born to Run,” and “Springsteen on Broadway,” which ran Oct 3, 2017 to Dec 15, 2018 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in WESTERN STARS, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Rob DeMartin

 (Photo: ~Rob DeMartin)

“I don’t think he planned it that way, but it’s just how it rolls,” said Springsteen manager Jon Landau in October to the USA Today Network.

“Western Stars,” directed by Springsteen and Thom Zimny, is a performance film of Springsteen with a band and orchestra playing songs from his latest album, “Western Stars,” with filmed spoken interludes introducing the songs by Springsteen. The Boss explains how the songs relate to him, and his world, in an intimate way. 

The movie, along with the “Born to Run” memoir and “Springsteen on Broadway” is considered, by Springsteen and Landau, to be part of a trilogy of works.

“I think probably coming up on 70 had something to do with it and just being at a certain point in your life and your work life where you felt prepared to sort of summarize the trip you’ve been on for quite a while,” said Springsteen of going inward for his art for the trilogy to the USA Today Network in September.  

“It all happened as an accident,” he said. “Obviously the timing was right and it was the kind of work I was ready and anxious to do. But all those three things, I’m very proud of all those three things. I think they’re three of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Since then, things have become even more personal. “Bruce Springsteen: From His Home, To Yours,” which debuted in early April on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio, gives us Springsteen, a microphone and a record player as a balm for the coronavorus outbreak.

No, there was not a new episode on Wednesday, April 26. Only a repeat of the delightful tribute to his wife, Patti Sciafa, on the episode called “Rumble Doll.

Springsteen is like a rock ‘n’ roll Jean Shepherd on his radio show, with the great one’s  timing and wonderful randomness. Random, but often very personal, from what the Springsteens are doing at home during the pandemic, to summer days as a child in Manasquan, to when he lost his virginity — 15 at his girlfriend’s house.

The songs he plays are almost secondary to the setups. Listeners have learned quite a cache of personal details, all in service to the hour or so of radio enchantment every other week.  

“He has an ability to write in such a personal way, and make what’s personal for him, personal for you,” said Landau in October. “It doesn’t matter if it’s his first song on his first album, ‘Blinded by the Light,’ or this movie (‘Western Stars’), its continuing through, this ability to communicate. He has a vision. I call it a spiritual vision that is sustained, and builds up and added to and has deepened over all this time.”

Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]     

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