Bruce Springsteen has written a memoir and plans on releasing it later this year.
Born to Run has been acquired by Simon & Schuster who have announced a September 27 release date. The initial release will be in hardback, ebook and audio editions.
According to the press release for the book, Springsteen started writing the book in 2009 after the band played at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and has been working on it for the last seven years. “In Born to Run, Mr. Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. 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.”
Jonathan Karp of Simon & Schuster said “This is the book we’ve been hoping for. Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”
Springsteen said of the writing process “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.”
Simon & Schuster, who previously published Springsteen’s book Outlaw Pete, acquired the rights for the book in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India. Editions Albin Michel have the rights in France; Mondadori in Italy; Heyne in Germany; Natur & Kultur in Sweden; Spectrum in the Netherlands; Politkens in Denmark; Cappelen Damn in Norway; Otava in Finland; and Penguin Random in Spain.