Bruce Springsteen?s 1980 double album The River was a landmark achievement that inspired raves from critics and fans alike, and prompted an extended international tour that raised his profile dramatically around the world. The Ties That Bind features an inside look at the creation of this groundbreaking album, along with previously unreleased archival footage from The River Tour.
Employing an intimate interview style, Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny showcases Springsteen?s first-person take on his writing process. Offering an in-depth discussion on the origins of key tracks from his first double album, Springsteen shares how they were developed, from the notebook page to the studio to, most viscerally, the concert stage. Interspersed throughout the interview are his acoustic versions of several defining tracks from The River, including ?Two Hearts,? ?The River,? ?Independence Day,? ?Hungry Heart,? ?Point Blank? and ?Wreck on the Highway.?
The documentary airs on HBO on November 27, 2015.