Born to Run

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“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.



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  • Born to Run

    By Cathlikgirl
    5
    I was really looking forward to reading this and it did not disappoint! The Boss portrays himself as an imperfect human (aren't we all!). His struggles with and through depression definitely helped this Georgia girl. He has been and remains one of my musical and social heroes.
  • Unreadable

    By MTM529
    1
    I just could not get into it. It never got me interested. After 50 pages I quit
  • Born to Run

    By BldBeach
    5
    Beautifully written, every fan should read! Excellent and hard to put down, wonderful memories revived, feel like I know the story behind the music! Intimate, revealing, inspirational!
  • Great storyteller

    By Carnie10
    5
    He can do it all.
  • Ever the Boss...

    By Mou101
    5
    I've been a Bruce Springsteen fan for a long, long time, and I've read at least a couple of biographies—as well as I don't know how many articles and interviews over the years. Still, reading the Boss' account of his life and experiences is a revelation. His voice is clear throughout the book, and his perspective on his albums and tours is invaluably informative.
  • Stick to the three chords you know - Bruce

    By bluesman 007
    1
    Because you cannot write! Slogging through this mishmash of self congratulatory clap-trap was akin to staying till the end of a Molly Cyrus concert!
  • Born to Run

    By Greekygirl5
    5
    As a true Jersey girl, I have the honor of calling Bruce one of our own. If Sinatra was " the King of New Jersey" Bruce is and will always be the "prince". Loved this book and his truthful insights and memories of New Jersey and his musical genius will be ingrained in musical legend forever.
  • Inside an artist's head

    By jromanoaustin
    5
    After reading this book, I am going to put on my best headphones and listen to every Bruce album cover-to-cover and will find new personal meaning to the songs he has written. It took a lot of guts for him to write this soul-bearing book but just like the 5 concerts I have seen him at over the years, he gives you every ounce of himself. Sending my peaceful vibes to Bruce and his family on their remaining journeys.
  • Beautifully Written

    By Mrbond313
    5
    Written in the continuing prose of "hard to be a saint in the city" it is no doubt a vivid literary tale somewhere between Angela's Ashes and a classic Playboy interview... I kind of wish he never got famous... he's a great writer. In full disclosure I'm one of those fans that love the first four albums and Nebraska ... the early fan that spent years telling people " you've got see this Bruce Springsteen guy!!" Only later to have fans of Dancin in the Dark tell me " man have you heard of Bruce ?" I know there are thousands of us that always want to hang on to when he was just ours... kind of how he holds onto his memories of growing up with his grandparents unconditional acceptance ... I still remember lying in bed staring at my $5.50 Springsteen ticket for the Milwaukee auditorium show.. months away .. he always came in the fall.. He was always was a beautiful working class Messiah ... yeah maybe New York claimed him ... but we NEEDED him .. And this book is no different It is just what I needed ... so.....thank you .... again !! Kevn Kinney
  • An Excellent Autobiography

    By Mister TCM
    5
    The author writes with candor and great introspection. It leaves you wanting more, more stories, more revelations. But the point of the book is to present the "story of the author". Discretion and respect are important principles of this author and that's one of the things you draw from this book. You learn about the person and probably learn how to better understand yourself.

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