HBO to debut Springsteen doc “Ties That Bind”

U.S. premium cable net HBO will air Thom Zimny's latest documentary on Bruce Springsteen, The Ties That Bind, on November 27, two weeks after its world premiere at DOC NYC.
November 6, 2015

U.S. premium cable net HBO will premiere Thom Zimny’s The Ties That Bind on November 27.

The doc, which is to make its world premiere at DOC NYC on November 14, features an “intimate” interview with the rock icon as he reflects on the turbulent writing and recording process behind his 1980 landmark albumĀ The River, while providingĀ rare archival footage from the subsequent The River Tour.

The film will offer an in-depth look at the origins of key tracks from the musician’s first double album. In addition to rehearsal clips and live performances, the doc will reveal never-before-heard demos and outtakes from the 14-month-long recording process, including such songs as “Stray Bullet,” “Chain Lightning,” “The Time That Never Was” and “Cindy.”

The Ties That Bind marks the third Springsteen film to air across the Time Warner-owned net, with Zimny’s The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town and High Hopes previously broadcasting in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

Springsteen, Jon Landau and Barbara Carr serve as the film’s executive producers.

The Ties That Bind will enjoy its television debut on November 27 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on HBO, and will also be available on SVOD services HBO Go and HBO Now.

(With files from Manori Ravindran)

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