Born to Run
About the book
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER '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.' -Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run 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.
'Memoirs usually rearrange events to suit the author and downplay their shortcomings. Springsteen doesn't spare himself.' Sunday Times Magazine
'The best stories happen to those who are best equipped to tell them... Born to Run is the most accomplished of the recent cavalcade of autobiographies by retirement-age rockstars... he has the storyteller's knack for turning experience into narrative' * New Statesman * 'The origin of poetry, thought William Wordsworth, was emotion recollected in tranquillity. That motto describes both Mr Springsteen's memoir and the appeal of his songs' * Economist * '[He] pulls us into his life with the panache of a thriller writer... Springsteen writes humbly, personally, as though he and the reader are the last two people in the bar and neither are ready to put the cork back in the whiskey just yet. His writing, like his music, is a simple pleasure' * Independent * 'The musician's memoir is as generous and open as his marathon live shows... Rock's premier action hero has written a brave and engrossing memoir.' * Financial Times * '... a heartfelt memoir... there is a fearlessness to his prose, a willingness to engage with his past, that chimes with his songwriter's desire to give voice to the people around him.' * Sunday Times * 'For the Springsteen fan, this book is the definitive commentary on every note he has played. For the rest of us, it is a road trip into the American soul.' * The Times * 'There's a great book inside this book, and it isn't hiding. It's there to be read and it's wonderful.' -- Roddy Doyle * Irish Times * 'Springsteen can write-not just life- imprinting song lyrics but good, solid prose that travels all the way to the right margic...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.' * New York Times Book Review * '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...' * New York Times * 'Frank and gripping.' * Atlantic * 'An utterly unique, endlessly exhilarating, last-chance-power-drive of a memoir.' * Rolling Stone * 'Astonishing.' * Vanity Fair * 'I can't think of a more honest or revealing memoir by any rock musician: in comparison, it makes the efforts of Patti Smith, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan seem strangely commonplace.' * Mail On Sunday * 'By the standards of most rock star autobiographies, Born to Run is neither sensational nor self-serving... Springsteen has delivered his story with quiet dignity. Give thanks that we can't get rid of him.' * Guardian * 'Memoirs usually rearrange events to suit the author and downplay their shortcomings. Springsteen doesn't spare himself.' * Sunday Times Magazine *
Bruce Springsteen Biography
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He has released 20 studio albums, most of which feature his backing band, the E Street Band. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he is one of the originators of the heartland rock style of music, combining mainstream rock musical style with narrative songs about working class American life. During a career that has spanned six decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic, socially conscious lyrics and energetic stage performances, sometimes lasting up to four hours in duration. He has been nicknamed "The Boss".In 1973, Springsteen released his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, neither of which earned him a large audience. He changed his style and reached worldwide popularity with Born to Run in 1975. It was followed by Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) and The River (1980), which topped the US Billboard 200 chart. His first album without the E Street Band was Nebraska (1982). Born in the U.S.A. (1984), which reunited Springsteen with the E Street Band, became his most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. Seven of its singles reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including the title track. Springsteen recorded his next three albums, Tunnel of Love (1987), Human Touch (1992), and Lucky Town (1992), using mostly session musicians. He reassembled the E Street Band for 1995's Greatest Hits and The Ghost of Tom Joad. His last release of the 1990s was the EP Blood Brothers (1996). Springsteen dedicated his 2002 album The Rising to the victims of the September 11 attacks. Springsteen released two more folk albums, Devils & Dust (2005) and We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006), followed by two more albums with the E Street Band: Magic (2007) and Working on a Dream (2009). His next two albums, Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014), topped album charts worldwide. His latest releases include the solo Western Stars (2019) and E Street Band-featuring Letter to You (2020). Among the album era's prominent acts, Springsteen has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and more than 64 million albums in the United States, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award (for Springsteen on Broadway). Springsteen was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, named MusiCares person of the year in 2013, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016. He is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Artists of All Time.
Early lifeBruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey on Septemb ... Read full biography
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Edition Statement:||4. Auflage|
|Illustrations:||b&w images thru-out; 1 x 16pp colour plates|
|Publication date:||Dec. 7, 2016|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||London, United Kingdom|