SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT: Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Show
A Live Multimedia Presentation by Pop Culture Historian Arlen Schumer
Filmed at The Triad Theater, New York, September 19, 2019
On September 19th, 1978 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed what many fans and critics consider their greatest single show, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. Why this particular show? Why does it stand out from not only all the other amazing Darkness on the Edge of Town tour performances, but from Bruce’s entire performing career? There are many reasons–and that’s what Arlen Schumer’s multimedia presentation, Sprit in the Night, is all about.
Schumer, a pop culture historian and writer/designer of coffeetable books like The Silver Age of Comic Book Art and Visions from The Twilight Zone, was in the 6th row of the landmark show, and the art director of Thunder Road magazine, the first Springsteen fan publication. He created illustrations associated with this legendary concert (which can be purchased here). He’s written about the show over the years for various books and publications like Backstreets (the Springsteen publication since 1980), and has now put together a multimedia presentation that recreates the legendary concert in words, images, music and video excerpts from the show itself.
So whether you know (or like) Springsteen’s music, or not—whether you’ve seen him in concert a hundred times, or never—you’ll look, listen and learn about Bruce Springsteen in a way you never have before!
THE NEW JERSEY SHOW: graphic opening for the PBS news program, designed to a :40 excerpt of “Born to Run
Click below to hear a 90-minute radio program written and narrated by Arlen Schumer, featuring 13 of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest unreleased outtakes and alternate mixes!
Here’s an excerpt: “Bruce himself is no strutting ‘rock star,’ but a galvanizing dynamo of superhuman energy who can sing with a whisper to a scream, from falsetto to soul shout. He’s a living jukebox of rock & roll history, every concert a syllabus of American popular music from the second half of the 20th Century. He’s lived a true, real rock & roll life and written it down, The Great American Novel but on records, great American songs chronicling not only his life and career, but that of the postwar generation that has come of age with him, timeless songs and anthems like ‘Born To Run,’ ‘Thunder Road,’ and ‘Born in the USA,’ just to mention three of his greatest hits.
“Greatest hits? One way Bruce can be considered even greater than U2, The Stones, and Led Zeppelin is that only Bruce has a collection of outtakes and alternate mixes he’s never even released that could hypothetically, justifiably be called his ‘greatest hits’—because many of those who’ve heard them, consider them even better than his so-called Greatest Hits.
“It’s what I call Bruce Springsteen’s Unlucky 13: His Greatest Hits You’ve Never Heard. And now, for the first time on radio—terrestrial or satellite—you’re going to hear them. And then you’ll decide for yourself where Bruce figures in the great rock & roll debate…”