Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

2019 (USA) 88 minutes
Directed by: Nick Mead

After Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s marathon “Rising Tour” came to an end back in 2003, saxophonist Clarence Clemons felt like he needed a break. Though the world knew him as The Big Man, The Minister of Soul, The Secretary of The Brotherhood, and a lifetime member of the E Street Band, there was also a deeply spiritual side to Clemons. So he packed up his saxophone and journeyed to China, where he could be more or less a nameless traveler in a foreign land. Following him was director, friend and photographer Nick Mead, who documented Clarence’s transcendent awakening overseas.

Once Clarence had returned to the States, Mead decided to keep the cameras rolling, which is when tragedy struck: while in Florida, Clarence suffered a stroke and passed away. With the help of producer Joe Amodei, the film then became more than just a document of Clarence’s spiritual journey – it became a biography for his life and a love letter and farewell from those that knew him best. Featuring interviews with President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, Gayle Morrison, Narada Michael Walden and former band mates, friends, and close family members, CLARENCE CLEMONS: WHO DO I THINK I AM? highlights Clarence’s life as a musician and member of the E Street band while also presenting another side of the man not many knew when he was away from bright stage lights. It’s an intimate portrait of Clarence’s quest for enlightenment and meaning in what would sadly be the final years of his life.