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Born to Run

byBruce Springsteen

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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“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

“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

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
Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of twenty Grammy Awards. Springsteen is the author of bestsellers Texas Pete and Born to Run.
Title:Born to RunFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.7 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best autobiography I've ever read Let me throw out two things, right off the top. The first is, I am, at best, a very, very mild Springsteen fan, at best, and personally, I haven't had much interest in anything of his since Tunnel of Love. The second is, I frigging loved this book. There's a whole bunch of reasons for that. The first is—and let's be real, it's a well-known fact that most famous people's biographies are ghostwritten by someone with some talent, not the famous person—but this book was stunningly well-written. If it was a ghostwritten, then bravo to that nameless soul. But, this is one I could see Bruce taking on himself. Either way, the level of craftmanship with the actual writing is way, way up there. Second is the actual subject matter. I tend to groan when I start a biography, simply because I know I'll have to suffer through the subject's childhood and awkward adolescence, blah blah blah. With this one, I was flat out riveted from the first page, and wanted to hear more and more about ten-year-old Bruce's life. Yeah, it's that good. Now, that's not to say that it's perfect when it comes to covering everything in Bruce's life. He tends to stick directly to himself, where I would have loved to have heard his thoughts on things like Manfred Mann's two big covers from his first album. He covered Spirits in the Night and, even bigger, the phenomenal Blinded By The Light. Nothing. He also never mentions Patti Scialfa's album. His own wife? Come on! There are also times where you can actually feel him tiptoeing around some dicey topics involving his E Street Band members, and some other personalities, but I get that he's also not out to burn anyone. Third, while still somewhat on the topic of subject matter, I'm impressed that he's both honest and open about his and his family's mental illness issues, and that he didn't write a "I had sex with this person, then I had sex with that person, then I played this concert..." He's much more inward-looking, introspective. I love that. Fourth, he gives you lots of insight into the writing of certain key songs and albums, which I'm always fascinated in. Though, surprisingly, he also completely skips over some albums, not even mentioning Lucky Town, Human Touch, or Devils & Dust. In the end, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this long book from the very first, to the very last page. Very likely the best biography I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting Very interesting to read about Bruce's life and journey!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A bit slow at times but it was a great book. Very interesting to read about Bruce's life and journey!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read It took a little while to get into, but it was worth powering through. Gives you a true look into Bruce's journey and is a great read
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Fans of the Boss! Really interesting to learn about the life of probably my favourite artist. It was a little tough at first to get into his writing style, as he is known for his songs not books, but after a few chapters I was right into it.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Found it a little boring at times
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh Full of lame attempts at philosophy, full of self-bragging, a not well explained issue with his father; the admission at the end that this is what he chose to reveal, and not his life (due to not hurt feelings of other people). Also, lame attempts to justify writing about the working man without never holding a regular job; no motive for eludin draft other than "I don't want to die" (at least honest about it); a battle with depression. It's all superficial stuff disguised as "deep thoughts". Also, his writing style is no good. Incredibly, I, who admire his albums and shows, became utterly disappointed with the persona he himself presented here
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfied my Hungry Heart! I have always been a huge Springsteen fan and couldn't wait to get my hands on his memoir. I am often skeptical of books written by "celebrities" but I was so pleased with this novel. I heard it took him seven years to write and it shows. The book has a great flow to it and I loved seeing how moments in his life became inspirations for some of my favorite song. Give it a read!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening I was never a huge Springsteen fan, I enjoyed his music, but he just wasn't at the top of my list for my musical taste. Nevertheless, I enjoy a good biography and this is one of them. Bruce's story makes me appreciate his music even more, from his first tastes of what spoke to him musically, to his life and the life he chose to lead. The eye opening part is what really spoke volumes, as it was something that I never suspected he had to deal with. This is a great read, especially if you're a fan.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read if you are a true bruce fan Great insight into the mind of a great sing and exceptional song writer. Highly recommend this book to every Bruce fan. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved it all I always have been a fan and to be able to read about his life and about the band was incredible.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I LOVE BRUCE!!! But the book was disappointing, dry and hard to get into.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An ok read. Was good, but will probably not reread it. Found it kind of boring and dry.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read----fans of The Boss will love it! I have always been an fan, and you learn so much about Bruce in this heartfelt memoir....his early family life, exposure to music, successes, struggles, he lays everything bare for his fans.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in love with this book! Such a great, interesting, sometimes very funny, others a bit sad, but so well written. Thanks Bruce for letting us in in parts of your journey, career, and life. Through this book I understood what your music is about and the hard work you had to go through to acquire your fame!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Found this hard to read. It didn't feel like it was in Bruce's own words or his voice. Disappointed.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I learned so much more about The Boss from this. Such a great read.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anxious to finish the book Just started reading it and I learned a lot about the BOSS. Very interesting read so far!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Well written. Learnt a lot but always wondering if he told us everything...
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This rocked Super read , history at its finest , icon , well written , easy reading , makes a great gift , good price , Nice conversation statrer , would gives this 5 stars
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was down to earth this was raw and real .I loved it . would recomemend to any or all fans Makes a great gift , good price ,REAL COFFEE table read and conversation starter ,Big fan
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whether you are a fan or not. This is a revealing and honest look at a rock-god who escaped most rock star traps. He has no bones to pick here, no hard feelings, just honest love for music and for the life that he has even though it is far from perfect. Don't deprive yourself.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from entertaining not the greatest but was entertaining to read his biography. glad I borrowed it from a coworker and didn't spend money on the purchase
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not a stand out. another bio about this guy not particularly good
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like his music more My friend passed this book on to me as I love Bruce's music. it was an okay read but not a book that left me clamoring for more. I'll pass it on as I don't think I'd want to read it again.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it It's a good read, I enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Christmas present from a friend and couldn't put it down till done. Will read again.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from just read thebook for leisure i dont know much about bruce. read the book out of leisure
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a definite read so thoroughly enjoyed this book, had to hide it from my husband till I finished.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay worth a try but not the best
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend. A great book A great book by a great muscian. #plumreview.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book by a great musician I love this book. A great read for all Bruce fans. #plum review.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Long Its a bit too long fir my liking, could have definitely been made shorter and gotten the same point across
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really interesting And you should buy the CD that comes with it
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from mehh borrowed from library. just read bits and pieces.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the boss A huge amount of content. This book is large, and there isn't even any pictures (which I wish there were). But as a huge fan of Bruce I loved this book and could not put it down. Although lengthy and rambled on at times I still feel it was a must have for any fan of the Boss!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I bought this for my dad and he loved it
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful A great look behind the scenes of one of the most influential artists of our time.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Boss! A brilliant look behind Springsteen's career. An absolute must for anyone who listens to his music.
Date published: 2016-11-03

Read from the Book

FOREWORD    I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who “lie” in service of the truth . . . artists, with a small “a.” But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.      This book is both a continuation of that story and a search into its origins. I’ve taken as my parameters the events in my life I believe shaped that story and my performance work. One of the questions I’m asked over and over again by fans on the street is “How do you do it?” In the following pages I will try to shed a little light on how and, more important, why.    Rock ’n’ Roll Survival Kit   DNA, natural ability, study of craft, development of and devotion to an aesthetic philosophy, naked desire for . . . fame? . . . love? . . . admiration? . . . attention? . . . women? . . . sex? . . . and oh, yeah . . . a buck. Then . . . if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just . . . don’t . . . quit ... burning.      These are some of the elements that will come in handy should you come face-to-face with eighty thousand (or eighty) screaming rock ’n’ roll fans who are waiting for you to do your magic trick. Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world, something that before the faithful were gathered here today was just a song-fueled rumor.      I am here to provide proof of life to that ever elusive, never completely believable “us.” That is my magic trick. And like all good magic tricks, it begins with a setup. So . . .  

Editorial Reviews

"He must be conceded a magic with words: He can spin not only a yarn but often an extended analysis, too.... His disclosures here are rich, deep, and useful to help destigmatize mental illness."