- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 6, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BNVRATS
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Bruce’s autobiography, Born to Run, gives his fans tremendous insight into what it was that has driven Bruce over the course of his life and career. The motivations, the demons, the anxiety, the joys, the fears, the hopes, the dreams, all the elements that have constituted the Boss’s muse over these past 50 years are explained here. And not only is Bruce one of the great writers of lyrics and music, he is a great writer of prose. He amply demonstrates this here for all the world to see. He shares his story in a way only he could.
If you intend to purchase and read this book, I will tell you it is a real page turner. I could not put this book down. It has a somewhat imposing profile at 528 pages, but it is an easy read. An inspiring read. I do not want to reveal any of the revelations the reader will discover within the pages of this book, but I can say it was interesting to learn that Bruce possesses many of the same insecurities of us mere mortals.
Bruce discloses, in great detail, particulars of his early years, his upbringing, the issues that influenced the way he thinks, his musically formative years, his wide held acclaim, his family, his doubts, his fears, and a treasure trove of personal details I have never heard before. I have been a Springsteen fan for over four decades. I grew up less than 30 miles from Freehold, NJ. I used to go see Bruce in those little seaside bars he used to sing about. I have seen many Springsteen interviews. I have attended over 60 shows. I have read most of the previously published articles and books. Much of the material in this book has never been publicly presented before, and all in his own words. Bruce has obviously spent much time in intense introspection, and he shares many of his insights and conclusions here.
Bruce is arguably the world’s greatest showman. Now that the great James Brown has passed on, the moniker, “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” clearly belongs to Bruce. His unique gifts of lyric writing, musical composition, musicianship, and studio and on stage performance have rarely been seen in a single person. Bruce has won 20 Grammys (out of 49 nominations), 2 Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award, 2 Emmy Awards, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, has received a Kennedy Center Honor, and so much more. He now shows himself to be a gifted writer as well. And this book provides tremendous insights into how all that came about.
Bruce’s drive for perfectionism is explained. Why “good enough” is not in his vocabulary. Bruce is keenly aware the music will last forever. Here he is, 67 years old, and still performing to sold out stadiums and arenas every time he plays. His fans love him. He knows that, and he knows why. He strives to produce and deliver the best product he can, and he almost always succeeds.
If you have ever wondered exactly what it is that makes one of the greatest of this or any other generation’s musical talents tick, it is all right here. Bruce’s candor is striking. He has generally been a reserved and very private person in the past, but in this book, he puts it all out there. If you are a fan, you will love this book.
Bruce Springsteen is not just one of the world’s greatest musicians, writers, and performers, he is one of the world’s greatest people. Through a lifetime of events he details here, his skills developed and he has evolved into the national and world treasure affectionately referred to as "The Boss."
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Yes, he’s political in praising most people in his life. But, ironically, since Bruce always said when he was young and famous in his twenties: “know the art; not the artist,” he lets us “know” the artist and his demons. To his everlasting credit, he is frank about his own and his father’s psychiatric problems (depression and some organic paranoia in his father.) That is a sine qua non of Bruce’s psyche and his poetry (he is, in my view, a poet who has terrific musical and showmanship skills.) Believe me, there was a great gorge between his stage personality and his “real” personality for a real long time, maybe still. But, he now seems more comfortable in his “American skin.”
Bruce is also frank about his own large ego (essential for what he’s accomplished); his autocratic personality vis a vis the E Street Band; and his extremely focused life, at least pre-wife Patti and the kids. He also adores his supportive mother and her contributions to his success; no shame in that. Yes, he leaves out some private stuff (failed romances, etc.) but he includes a boatload of things most people aren’t comfortable talking about: his first marriage; his depression/anxiety; his long, 25-year journey of psychoanalysis; his conflicts with his band members. So, he’s entitled to leave some stuff out.
The one thing that does bother me a bit is how much he trashes his small town in New Jersey (Freehold), yet he is magnetically drawn to be in its geographic and cultural orbit, as he still lives very nearby. He either never “left” or, despite the wisdom, “went home again.” (Having grown up in the same town at the same time, I think he’s a little too hard on the town, per se, when it was no worse than thousands of other small towns in that era: provincial and divided by “sides of the tracks” and race.)
All in all, a very satisfying read; well expressed; not too verbose, if borderline at times. A poet from New Jersey named Bruce once said something like “you spend your childhood creating experiences” and the rest of your life “processing” them. Most of his life is just that, and it’s wonderful to be let in on his thinking and essential humility and humanity. And, it seems that he is a very satisfied soul—despite his struggles and scars-- even if he isn't really the guy on stage that everyone loves.