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Based on their hugely popular podcast of the same name, this sumptuous volume from a beloved former president and a rock 'n roll icon boasts in-depth conversations, hundreds of exclusive images and archive material.
Born in the USA.
Dreams, Myths, Music.
Two long-time friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly-produced expansion of their ground-breaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material.
Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-colour photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders - one Black and one white - looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.
- Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
- Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
- Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches
- Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
- Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favourite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for - and the occasional toll of - telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how their fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1520 g
Dimensions: 280 x 235 x 30 mm
'There is a lot to be enjoyed as they dig into a subject that has underpinned their very different careers: the gap between the glowing aspiration and cracked reality of the so-called American Dream... there is some serious political and philosophical content here. Springsteen and Obama are articulate and idealistic orators, and the conversation relentlessly pushes towards the shared goal of reclaiming a liberal, progressive vision of America in post-Trumpian times' - Daily Telegraph
'This new book of conversations, photos and speeches is a beautifully presented, coffee table-friendly smorgasbord of uplift... Annotated versions of Obama speeches on their original notepaper, most movingly his passionate and compassionate eulogy for civil rights activist John Lewis ("like John, we have to keep getting into good trouble"), feel like a window on to history, as, to a lesser extent, do rather more pristine, handwritten Springsteen lyrics' - iNews
'One may be a songwriter and the other a politician but Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama are both gifted storytellers who have crafted a story about themselves and their nation... Renegades reminds us that despite the hardness of the world and the challenges that demand to be faced there still exists the promise of better days' - Sarfraz Manzoor
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