Coming from a working-class background, the Boss has managed to cope with his talent without ever exaggerating. In fact, his stories seem to belong to a humble generation in search of a light to follow. Then again, the 1970s did mark a period of disillusionment. With reality no longer being covered by the undisputed creed of the “Self-made man” but rather more by anything but idyllic social conditions, Springsteen’s songs represented a moral blessing for the people. The question arises automatically: is Blinded by the Light a biopic of the Boss? Not really. If you truly want to delve into his life, it would be better to look elsewhere, from the documentary Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N’ Roll, to the theatre performance that the artist himself staged on Broadway, available on Netflix from December. And so, what has Springsteen got to do with this film? Go back to the previous paragraph, starting from the Boss’s initial inspiration, and replace the subject with Javed, a young British kid of Pakistani origin. Taken from the autobiographic novel Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock ’N’ Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor, the story reflects a well-defined social gap. The setting is Luton, in England. In 1987, the political-social climate is not at its best. As in all economic crises, clashes begin to take on a racial nature. If you are with someone who has a different colour skin to the British, you are the first to be targeted. In this tense climate, Javed is bewitched by the content of Springsteen’s songs which seem to come close to his own experiences of life.