Born to write: Springsteen autobiography to be published in September
He's been telling his story in song for half a century, and now Bruce Springsteen has written an autobiography.
Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the book, titled (what else?) Born to Run, will be published on Sept. 27 in hardback, e-book and audio formats around the globe.
According to the S&S press release, Springsteen has been working on the 500-plus-page book for seven years, starting it after he and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2009.
It recounts his childhood in Freehold, N.J., his early career as a musician and "bar band king" of Asbury Park and the genesis of the E Street Band. The book deals with his personal struggles and "shows us why the song Born to Run reveals more than we previously realized."
In the book, Springsteen notes, “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.”
Celebrity autobiographies are a highly unpredictable genre, of course. But we've had some recent rock star memoirs that were truly superior, notably from Patti Smith and Elvis Costello.
I'm anticipating another book of that caliber from Springsteen. As his fans know, he's a born storyteller, skilled at language and narrative. I count myself lucky to have seen him several times in the 1970s, when his introductions to songs could turn into enchanting tall tales that were longer than the songs themselves -- treats I've missed in more recent concerts.
So I'm dancing-in-the-dark happy to hear he's been sitting 'round here trying to write this book -- and can't wait to read it.