Born to Run

Born to Run (Hardcover)

By Bruce Springsteen 
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Publisher: simon & schuster, inc.
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 1471157792
EAN: 9781471157790
No. of Pages: 528
Publish Date: 2016-09-29
Binding: Hardcover
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About the Book

'Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, thewriter has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I'vetried to do this.' -Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the SuperBowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided towrite about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over thepast seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writingthe story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour andoriginality 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 herefers to as 'The Big Bang': seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed SullivanShow. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his earlydays as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. Withdisarming candour, he also tells for the first time the story of the personalstruggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song 'Born toRun' reveals more than we previously realized.Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed BruceSpringsteen, 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 andloners, artists, freaks or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holyriver of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such forceand sweep. Like many of his songs ('Thunder Road', 'Badlands', 'Darkness onthe Edge of Town', 'The River', 'Born in the U.S.A.', 'The Rising', and 'TheGhost of Tom Joad', to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography iswritten with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a manwho has thought deeply about his experiences.

"Glorious...a philosophically rich ramble through a rock 'n roll life.... Reading his intimate look back on a remarkable yet troubled life, it's safe to say that Bruce's aesthetic wouldn't be complete without this long-form Song of Springsteen. It's the lyric he was born to write."--USA Today (four stars out of four)


"Where Springsteen soars - both as musician and writer - is in his ability to bear witness, not only to his own inner life but to the lives of those left behind in the post-industrial wastelands of this nation. Springsteen made it out of Freehold, but he never turned away from the 'grinding hypnotic power' of the place and its people. Born to Run' documents the unlikely rise of a rocker hellbent not on escape, but on reckoning with the moral failings of the world he was born into."--Boston Globe

"Richly rewarding....Bruce Springsteen proves that he has taken on life fully engaged both in living and examining it, and in doing so, he's delivered a story as profoundly inspiring as his best music....It's alternately brutally honest, philosophically deep, stabbingly funny and, perhaps most important, refreshingly humble.--Los Angeles Times

"A masterpiece....Bruce Springsteen could have put out a collection of recipes in Esperanto, cribbed from Campbell soup cans, and it would still be an international bestseller. Typically, he went the distance. And the result is nothing short of magnificent....I wish I could buy everyone a copy....This isn't just a book for Bruce fans, but for anyone who loves rock 'n' roll, the Shore or the last 40 years of Jersey pop-culture history. It's as epic as his recent four-hour concerts. And just as satisfying."--Jacqueline Cutler,

"Born To Run is yet another example of the pact, here in autobiographical book form, that Springsteen has long had with his audience: If you come to me with a willingness to really listen, I'll tell you my truths in a way that speaks to your soul. Serious stuff, but would you expect anything else from the voice of a generation? Bruce is a rock god cloaked in the humble leather and jeans of a bar band singer who struggles and yearns just like we all do. Now that his bible has arrived, you know you'll have to read it chapter and verse."--Detroit Free Press

"Born to Run has a compelling narrative and an organized structure worthy of a Catholic schoolboy of the 1950s....Mr. Springsteen writes fluidly about subjects light, dark and darker. He's funny and solemn, tender and insightful. In Born to Run, he risks his mythic stature, but he emerges as more substantial, more admirable. Now Mr. Springsteen isn't merely a star. He is a man - a son, a husband, a father and a friend - willing to share what he's learned."-- Wall Street Journal

"An utterly unique, endlessly exhilarating, last-chance-power-drive of a memoir." - Rolling Stone

"Astonishing." --Vanity Fair

"Frank and gripping." --David Brooks, The Atlantic

"Intensely satisfying . . . "Born to Run" is, like his finest songs, closely observed from end to end. His story is intimate and personal, but he has an interest in other people and a gift for sizing them up."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Springsteen can write - not just life-imprinting song lyrics but good, solid prose that travels all the way to the right margin.... And like a fabled Springsteen concert - always notable for its deck-clearing thoroughness - "Born to Run" achieves the sensation that all the relevant questions have been answered by the time the lights are turned out. He delivers the story of Bruce - in digestibly short chapters - via an informally steadfast Jersey plainspeak that's worked and deftly detailed and intimate with its readers - cleareyed enough to say what it means when it has hard stories to tell, yet supple enough to rise to occasions requiring eloquence - sometimes rather pleasingly subsiding into the syntax and rhythms of a Bruce Springsteen song."--Richard Ford, The New York Times Book Review

"A virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band's famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more." - NPR


About the Author

Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than 40 years. He hasreleased 18 studio albums, garnered 20 Grammy Awards, won anOscar, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hisnewest album, High Hopes, was released in January 2014.

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Title: Born to Run
Publisher: simon & schuster, inc.
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 1471157792
EAN: 9781471157790
No. of Pages: 528
Publish Date: 2016-09-29
Binding: Hardcover


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