“CLARENCE CLEMONS: WHO DO I THINK I AM”—   The Iconic Clarence Clemens


The Iconic Clarence Clemens

Amos Lassen

Clarence Clemons was part of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s marathon ”Rising Tour” and when it ended in 2003, he felt like he needed a break. He packed up his saxophone and went to China where he could be a nameless traveler in a foreign land. 

The film “ Who Do I Think I Am” follows Clemons after China and document his transcendent awakening and then tragedy that struck him. While in Florida where we went after China, Clemons suffered a stroke and passed away. 

The film features interviews with President Bill Clinton, Jake Clemons, Joe Walsh, Willie Nile, Nils Lofgren, Vini Lopez, Norman Seldin, Michael Narada Walden, Gayle Morrison, Danny Clinch, Don Reo and additional family and friends who knew him well. The feature also highlights his life as musician and member of the E Street band while also presenting another side of Clarence not many saw when he was away from the stage. This is an intimate portrait of a man who searched for enlightenment and meaning at the unknowingly final years of his life.

The world knew him as “The Big Man” or “The Minister of Soul” or “The Secretary of the Brotherhood”.  Clemons was a musician, singer, songwriter and a lifetime member of the E Street Band. There was also a deeply spiritual side to Clarence Clemons and that is why to China, someplace he had never been on the other side of the world. 

That trip had a profound effect on him. He sought  his true self. The documentary shows us his soulful mission and how it changed him, while paying  tribute to The Big Man through recollections with his closest friends and family members.

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