An ode to rock 'n roll

13 July 2020
Blinded by the Light is a compassionate love letter to Bruce Springsteen's music.
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There is plenty of tenderness in the movie Blinded by the Light, and it is weaved through the entire film by way of Springsteen's music. 🎶

Inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir, Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n Roll, Blinded by the Light is directed by Gurinder Chadha.

"As a lifelong Bruce fan, I am delighted how this soundtrack takes you through the experience of watching my movie with Springsteen music complemented by the other tracks, including very personal tracks … from my dad's favourite song to a British Bhangra anthem," said Chadha.

"Growing up, Sarfraz and I could never have imagined a universe where all these songs would be on one soundtrack reflecting our lives."

In the movie it's 1987 and there's racial tension and economic difficulties in England. Javed, a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager, discovers magic in Springsteen's music because he greatly identifies with the lyrics.

In honouring those lyrics, we've compiled a few of our favourite bits from songs featured in the movie.

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Watch Blinded by the Light your Sunday night movie on 19 July at 20:05 on M-Net channel 101.

If you miss any of these movies on M-Net 101 you can always watch them on DStv Catch Up or on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104.

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