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You didn't hear it from me, but ...

There exists an 8-disc DVD called "Bruce Springsteen, This Is Your Life: Four Decades of the Boss, 1972-2003." If you're reading this, you might know someone who just got it in the mail. My lord, this is something. Quality varies from piece to piece, although in general the more recent the material, the better it looks. Here's just a SAMPLE ... one selection from each DVD, with the description from the set's PDF file:

Sept. 30, 1972 - Henry Boy and Growin' Up. First known video of Bruce Springsteen performing. This is Springsteen's official debut gig as a contracted recording artist in the CBS stable. B&W video recorded by Max's Kansas City at the request of Columbia Records, which wanted to create video footage for potential promotional use. Bruce is opening for folk-blues legend Dave Van Ronk. Mickey Ruskin introduces Bruce.

June 1984 - White men can't dance! Bruce rehearses his Dancing in the Dark dance at his home with Clarence. Bruce does several takes as he's being videotaped and jokes around on camera. He even takes a call from his father. Awesome behind-the-scenes footage.

Oct. 13, 1986 - Bruce performs Dancing In the Dark, Glory Days and Hungry Heart during the Bridge Benefit at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountainview, Calif. Danny and Nils play with Bruce in this acoustic show. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young join Bruce for Hungry Heart. A unique performance.

Sept. 15, 1988 - White men can dance! Bruce and the E Street Band are now part of the Amnesty International Tour and this clip is from Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. During Dancing in the Dark Bruce picks a male dance partner and the guy is great!!! He imitates Bruce perfectly. You have to see it to believe it!

June 25, 1993 - On the off-night between the final two shows of his Human Touch/ Lucky Town tour, Bruce appears on David Letterman's final show on NBC. Toward the end of the show, Letterman says people ask him, "'Who's the one guest you wish you would've had on in 11 years on the program that you haven't?' Happily all of that changes tonight. Better late than never, please welcome Bruce Springsteen!" Bruce comes out and plays a hot Glory Days with Paul Shaffer's band. A lot of fun, and an incredible performance to finish off Letterman's run on NBC. Watch Bruce jump on Shaffer's piano. And what's up with that right leg, Bruce?

May 22, 1997 - A real cool clip! It's nearing the end of the Tom Joad tour and after playing a show at Teatro Augusteo in Naples, Italy, Bruce appears on the outside balcony on the second floor of the theater. He leads the crowd in singing O Sole Mio. Next he comes out with a guitar, and guitar tech Kevin Buell holds the words next to him as Bruce plays and sings Thunder Road. The crowd sings along with him. A precious moment of Springsteen history.

Aug. 4, 1999 - No Surrender opens the 10th show of the Meadowlands stand. It's the first time this song has been played with the full band. Later, Back in Your Arms is played for the first time. Wow!

March 11, 2003 - We've come full circle, as here's a clip of Bruce and the band playing Blinded by the Light from Rochester, NY. Bruce tells a funny story how this is "my only No. 1 song I ever had, but I didn't have it Manfred Mann had it. And they changed some of the lyrics."

And oh, here's one more, because it shows just how comprehensive this set is:

March 8, 1997 - Back home in New Jersey, Bruce stops by the Tradewinds in Sea Bright to play with the Wallflowers. He pulls up for the soundcheck and a fan's camcorder captures Bruce parking his truck (knocking over a small tree) and walking into the bar. There�s some footage of him talking to people inside the bar.


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