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Born to Run by [Springsteen, Bruce]
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'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, humour and originality found in his songs.
  He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled 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 candour, 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13194 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I read this after reading the autobiography of Australian rocker, Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel) who similarly had a hard upbringing (actually even more challenging). Interesting that Bruce was a workaholic who channeled his energy away from drugs into honing his art/music. I loved his early music and respect his later re-inventing his music and continuing to capture the heart and soul of Americans worried about losing the American dream. Well done Bruce in telling a "not so easy" story with courage and honesty.
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Still reading but near the end. I love Bruce and his music. I have found it a bit dry and slow in parts. Found it interesting to hear about his life growing up. Think you need to know more about the music business to full appreciate it, hence why it becomes slow. Love the emphasis he has put on his ad version to drugs and very relevant comments about the people such as Elvis etc we lost too soon
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By TonyL on 27 October 2016
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An excellent read........Rather than the sex and drugs tomes an insight into the author. Great writ ing style , as is s how's in his songs.........was blown out to discover he had covered The Saints
" Just Like Fire Would" one of the great Australian songs
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A long time ago, back in 1974, I first heard of Bruce Springsteen. A friend of mine was a big fan, and I quickly became one as well. It was Bruce Springsteen music we were listening to in 1976 when the police arrived to tell me that the music was too loud. They smiled when I said it was my 20th birthday, but we still had to turn it down.

I’ve never been to a Bruce Springsteen concert (it’s a crowd thing) but perhaps I will one day.

When I heard that this book had been released, I knew I had to read it: Bruce Springsteen’s own account of his life and music.
I enjoyed reading this book for four reasons. First, it’s always interesting to read what a person has to say about them self, what they consider important enough to share. Secondly, I liked getting some sense of where those songs came from. Thirdly, I admire the way in which Bruce Springsteen touches on the demons of mental illness. Finally, those of us who are fans are often only aware of the success (and any sensation which is always reported so enthusiastically by the media). What we are less aware of is the hard work and heartbreak, the determination and self-doubt.

If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen (man, music and song) then this is a book worth reading. If you’ve ever wondered about his life and motivation, you’ll find some answers here.

Me, I’d just like to see Bruce Springsteen get the Nobel Prize for Literature for his lifetime’s work. And maybe see a concert.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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