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Born to Run

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Bruce Springsteen

18 Hours 11 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

December 2016

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Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Autobiography/Memoir

Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Best Autobiography


“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 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.

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  • Eva Prieto

    This book is fun, interesting and really inspiring. I have learned a lot and I am grateful to The Boss for having shared so much. I loved that he read his memoirs, listening to Bruce\'s voice telling his story is very powerful. Highly recommendable!

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  • Tina M

    I loved this book! I enjoyed being carried through Bruce's honest and open story of his life by his extraordinary voice. He's a wonderful story teller with a very pleasing rhythm, depth and texture to the telling. His heartfelt story of love, family, career, challenges, pain and his commitment to his art took me through a range of emotions, brought tears at times but, all along, his exceptional creative talent and insight shone through. This is a man I enjoyed getting to know. This audiobook is one to keep and revisit. I highly recommend it.

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  • Joanne R.

    Nice to listen to Bruce but way to much boring details. Story should have been half the length.

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  • Gary Y

    So insightful, pure, surprising and also helpful. I'm not even a huge Bruce fan, although I've always casually enjoyed his music. This book is further proof that every man has a story beyond what their persona shows.

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  • Brenda B

    An intimate look at a gifted man, who takes responsibility for himself and his life, while paintbig those around him with grace and kindness. I can really hear the poet that he is, in much of his book. ????

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  • Adam B

    An honest sounding narrative of a man's life. The ups, downs and strange events that shaped one of the world's best musicians.

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  • Kenn D

    Honest and raw. I enjoyed following through the hard yards of Bruce’s journey. Nothing comes easy in life. This book inspires a deeper look into what I can do with what is left of my life. Great read.

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  • Tracy T

    What a fantastic journey! Bruce really opened up his heart and soul. He\'s a very brave, and courageous artist.

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  • Gary B

    Brilliant book and read with meaning, loved it, thanks Bruce .

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  • Damien S

    A total surprise in every aspect. Honest , original , heartfelt, soul baring , poetic and insightful. It was a true pleasure to listen to Bruce talk about his life in a way most famous people don't. Loved it.

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