#1 New York Times Bestseller
An Audible Editors Top Pick of the Best Audiobooks of 2016
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
An Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year for 2016
An NPR Best Book of 2016
A People Pick of the Week
“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, 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 USA,” “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.
“An utterly unique, endlessly exhilarating, last-chance-power-drive of a memoir.”
“Springsteen writes fluidly about subjects light, dark, and darker. He’s funny and solemn, tender and insightful…He risks his mythic stature, but he emerges as more substantial, more admirable.”
Wall Street Journal
“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.”
New York Times Book Review
“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.”
“It’s alternately brutally honest, philosophically deep, stabbingly funny, and, perhaps most important, refreshingly humble.”
Los Angeles Times
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. He 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, the Academy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
- ISBN-13: 978-1-5082-2423-5