Born to Run (Paperback)
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Born to Run (Paperback)

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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.

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, humour and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled 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 candour, 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.

"It helps that Springsteen can write - not just life-­imprinting song lyrics but good, solid prose that travels all the way to the right margin... Born to Run achieves the sensation that all the relevant questions have been answered by the time the lights are turned out." - Richard Ford, The New York Times

"He writes with a brilliance about the way performing can release you from confusion into a world of joy... boundlessly interesting... I can't think of a more honest or revealing memoir by any rock musician." - Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471157820
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 32 mm

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“Worth the wait!”

A worthy addition to the shelves of any Springsteen fan. We've had many biographies written in the past but it's nice to finely hear the words from his own mouth. Any reader familiar with Springsteen's... More

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“Born to Write”

Wow is my only word for this book. The entire book is written almost as if it's one of his songs, the language is evocative, the tales are deeply personal. Bruce spent years writing this book and it definitely... More

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“Brucie at his Best”

An added bonus to read his words as well as listen to his music. His perspective on his life and career most certainly adds to a fuller understanding of what motivated and influenced Bricie's amazing contribution... More

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