Some of the recordings by American singer-songwriter, Bruce Springsteen are featured on the soundtrack to Blinded by the Light, a new coming-of-age film from director Gurinder Chadha telling the story of Sarfraz Manzoor, the British-Pakistani journalist known for his devout fandom of Bruce Springsteen.
Among them is a previously unreleased ballad by Springsteen titled “I’ll Stand by You,” the song was inspired by Harry Potter but ultimately rejected from the films.
In a chat with BBC Radio 2 host Simon Mayo, Bruce said;
“It’s pretty good!” You’d have to ask them [why they didn’t use it].Thankfully now it’s found a home with Blinded by the Light.
The film, Blinded by the Light, which is based on Manzoor’s 2007 memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, also includes Springsteen live renditions of fan favourites like “Thunder Road,” “The River,” and “The Promised Land”.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, nicknamed “The Boss“, is a solo artist and is the leader of the E Street Band. He received critical acclaim for his early 1970s albums and attained worldwide fame upon the release of Born to Run in 1975.
Springsteen‘s 19th studio album Western Stars was released back in June featuring the singles “Tucson Train,” “There Goes My Miracle,” and “Hello Sunshine.” Last month, he said a new film of one his Western Stars performances will be formally released to the public.
Blinded by the Light will hit the United States theatres on August 16.
Stream “I’ll Stand by You” below.