Review: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Title: Born to Run

Author: Bruce Springsteen

Pages: 528 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

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.


The Review

I love Bruce Springsteen. My favourite song in the world is Born to Run. I was lucky enough to see him perform at Glastonbury in 2009. Yet I have had his autobiography sitting on my bookshelf for a few years now. I picked it up a few times and then opted for something else instead.

Eventually, I did sit down with the book (a mixture of physical book and audiobook) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Springsteen’s lyricism goes far beyond the song and his way with words plays out in his life story. It is almost like it is one big lyric. I don’t think he knows how to be anything but poetic.

It was interesting to learn about Bruce Springsteen’s earlier life and the events that shaped him to become who he is today. It was also quite moving to be there for the moments that I knew about such as Clarence Clemmons’ death.

Overall, it is a warts-and-all biography worthy of 528 pages of your time.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen is available now.

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