Born to Run
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Born to Run

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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

Title:Born to Run
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1501141511
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:528 pages

    Born to Run Reviews

  • Ana
    Sep 27, 2016

    Bruce Springsteen. The Boss. One of the world's most iconic musicians whose career spanned four decades. He brought us so many great songs - Dancing In The Dark, The River, Radio Nowhere, Streets of ...

  • Mo
    Sep 29, 2016

    Bruce, I fucking love you. That was amazing. "June 1, 1985, Slane Castle, Dublin, Ireland (Slane is NOT in Dublin, Bruce), our first stadium show ever ... Slane joined a rising number of our other per...

  • Val ?? ShamelessBitchySkanky ?? Steamy Reads
    Sep 29, 2016

    Your mission today, if you choose to accept to accept it Self, is to head to my nearest Barnes and Noble and make this masterpiece mine. MINE MINE MINE MINE!...

  • Joseph
    Jan 11, 2017

    I listened to this from Audible.com read by Bruce Springsteen. Back in the 70s in very blue collared Cleveland, Ohio I first heard Bruce Springsteen. Darkness on the Edge of Town was the first vinyl L...

  • Cathrine ??
    Mar 03, 2017

    4★My husband (also a musician) does not share my enthusiasm for Springsteen’s music (yes, this has caused a few tense moments in our marriage) but admits that he is a great songwriter. When celebr...

  • Rae Meadows
    Mar 26, 2017

    I'm a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so it would be hard for this not to be fun for me to read. I loved the stories of his childhood of near poverty, Catholicism, Freehold, NJ, his family, his awful fath...

  • Kelli
    Apr 16, 2017

    18 hours is a lot of Bruce. To be fair, it's a lot of anyone, but there is no better way to experience this than on audio with Bruce Springsteen expressively telling his story in his perfectly gravell...

  • Jay Gabler
    Sep 27, 2016

    A rock memoir like none other, a strange and extraordinary book that just might be counted as one of his greatest achievements. No, really....

  • brian
    Oct 18, 2016

    40 favorite, ranked:racing in the streetthe riverthunder roadi’m on fire something in the nightghost of tom joadwreck on the highwaybecause the nightdeath to my hometowndancing in the dark adam rais...

  • Emma
    Mar 05, 2017

    I am not a Springsteen fan (nor detractor). Before listening to this, I could have named perhaps one of his songs, though I'm sure I would have known more if I were played them. Yet when I heard his D...