Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words Sees Its Television Debut

New music documentary explores seminal moments spanning the music legend’s career.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

From “Born to Run” and “Glory Days,” to “Dancing in the Dark” and “Born in the U.S.A.,” Bruce Springsteen has produced some of the most beloved songs in modern music. Through intimate conversations and previously unseen footage, the music icon discusses key moments in his life in Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words, a new 72-minute documentary from director and archivist Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Made in Dagenham). The documentary makes its exclusive North American television premiere, Monday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO Canada.

Following its premiere, the documentary is available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. Following its broadcast run, Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words will stream on CraveTV, joining a robust lineup of music documentaries that includes The Rolling Stones Ole, Ole, Ole: A Trip Across Latin America, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, and Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.

Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words features the rock icon as he discusses key moments that provided the influence for some of the most acclaimed songs of his extensive career, and the impact that 1950s Doo-Wop, Elvis’s Rockabilly rebellion, and soul music had on his life. In intimate conversation, Springsteen explores his early years growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, recounting the seminal moments that fueled his relentless drive to become a musician, his years as a bar band king in Asbury Park, the rise of the E Street Band, and his eventual ascendance to the top of rock’s hierarchy.

The documentary also features rare and previously unseen archive footage of Springsteen at various stages in his life, provided in consultation with film director and archivist Thom Zimny. Zimny has spent 16 years cataloguing photographs, film, and audio recordings of Springsteen throughout his career.