Bruce Springsteen reads an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, “Born To Run”, in a new video released by the New Jersey rocker as he announces dates for a book-signing tour to launch the project.
Due September 27 via Simon & Schuster, “Born To Run” sees the singer recount growing up in Freehold, NJ, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band.
“I wanted to use the classic rock and roll images – the road, the car, the girl – what else is there?” Springsteen explains. “To make these images matter I’d have to shape them into something fresh, something that transcended nostalgia, sentiment and familiarity.”
The singer discusses growing up in the Vietnam War era and the changing American political landscape.
"These were issues that had previously been relegated to the margins of American life," reads Springsteen. "Dread, the sense that things might not work out, that the moral high ground had been swept out from underneath us, that the dream of ourselves had somehow been tainted and the future would forever be uninsured was in the air.
“This was the new lay of the land, and if I was going to put my characters out on that highway, I was going to have to put all these things in the car with them."
Springsteen has announced dates for a 9-city book tour starting in his hometown of Freehold, NJ on September 27.
On September 23 – his 67th birthday – the singer will release “Chapter And Verse”, a new collection featuring unreleased and classic tracks that doubles as an audio companion to the memoir.
A newly-announced “Born to Run Deluxe Limited Edition” contains a signed and numbered, first edition copy of the autobiography alongside a CD of “Chapter and Verse” presented together in a stamped linen box set.
“Born To Run” book tour
Sep 27 - Freehold, NJ @ Barnes & Noble
Sep 28 - New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
Sep 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Free Library of Philadelphia
Oct 01 - Seattle, WA @ Elliott Bay Book Company
Oct 03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble at The Grove
Oct 04 - Portland, OR @ Powell's City of Books
Oct 05 - San Francisco, CA @ City Arts & Lectures
Oct 07 - New York, NY @ The New Yorker Festival
Oct 10 - Cambridge, MA @ The Harvard Coop
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