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"Springsteen can write--not just life-­imprinting song lyrics but good, solid prose that travels all the way to the right margic...And like a fabled Springsteen concert--always notable for its deck-clearing thoroughness --Born to Run achieves the sensation that all the relevant questions have been answered by the time the lights are turned out. 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--cleareyed enough to say what it means when it has hard stories to tell, yet supple enough to rise to occasions requiring eloquence--sometimes rather pleasingly subsiding into the syntax and rhythms of a Bruce Springsteen song."
--Richard Ford, The New York Times Book Review.

"A master storyteller.... the language of his memoir often sings and leaps off the page with alliteration and pulse, especially when he's rhapsodizing about rock 'n' roll."
--Will Hermes, NPR

"A masterpiece....Bruce Springsteen could have put out a collection of recipes in Esperanto, cribbed from Campbell soup cans, and it would still be an international bestseller. Typically, he went the distance. And the result is nothing short of magnificent....I wish I could buy everyone a copy....This isn't just a book for Bruce fans, but for anyone who loves rock 'n' roll, the Shore or the last 40 years of Jersey pop-culture history. It's as epic as his recent four-hour concerts. And just as satisfying."
--Jacqueline Cutler, NJ.com

"A virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band's famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more."
--NPR

"An utterly unique, endlessly exhilarating, last-chance-power-drive of a memoir."
--Rolling Stone

"Astonishing."
--Vanity Fair

"Born to Run has a compelling narrative and an organized structure worthy of a Catholic schoolboy of the 1950s....Mr. Springsteen writes fluidly about subjects light, dark and darker. He's funny and solemn, tender and insightful. In Born to Run, he risks his mythic stature, but he emerges as more substantial, more admirable. Now Mr. Springsteen isn't merely a star. He is a man - a son, a husband, a father and a friend - willing to share what he's learned."
--Wall Street Journal

"Both an entertaining account of Springsteen's marathon race to the top and a reminder that the one thing you can't run away from is yourself."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Bruce Springsteen is the bard of lost American dreams....The origin of poetry, thought William Wordsworth, was emotion recollected in tranquillity. That motto describes both the content of Mr Springsteen's book and the appeal of his songs, many of which look back on youthful traumas from a mature perspective."
--The Economist

"Bruce Springsteen's life is now officially an open book. Born to Run takes readers on a riveting ride through the everyman rock star's deeply lived existence."
--Associated Press --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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FOREWORD
  
I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who “lie” in service of the truth . . . artists, with a small “a.” But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.
     This book is both a continuation of that story and a search into its origins. I’ve taken as my parameters the events in my life I believe shaped that story and my performance work. One of the questions I’m asked over and over again by fans on the street is “How do you do it?” In the following pages I will try to shed a little light on how and, more important, why.
   
Rock ’n’ Roll Survival Kit
 
DNA, natural ability, study of craft, development of and devotion to an aesthetic philosophy, naked desire for . . . fame? . . . love? . . . admiration? . . . attention? . . . women? . . . sex? . . . and oh, yeah . . . a buck. Then . . . if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just . . . don’t . . . quit ... burning.
     These are some of the elements that will come in handy should you come face-to-face with eighty thousand (or eighty) screaming rock ’n’ roll fans who are waiting for you to do your magic trick. Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world, something that before the faithful were gathered here today was just a song-fueled rumor.
     I am here to provide proof of life to that ever elusive, never completely believable “us.” That is my magic trick. And like all good magic tricks, it begins with a setup. So . . . --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 12843 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (27 September 2016)
  • Print length : 529 pages
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • ASIN : B01BPFBVRY
  • Language: : English
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