In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so inspiring that Bruce decided he wanted to write about it, and that’s how the process of what would become his autobiography began.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has devoted himself to writing the story of his life, attempting to achieve within 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 complete 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 fans previously realized.
Born to Run will be a revelation 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.”
Publisher Simon and Schuster declares that 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 grace expected of a individualistic songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his life and experiences.
In a statement about the book’s release, Springsteen says, “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.”
The book is available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook.