Title: Born To Run
Author/narrator: Bruce Springsteen
First published: 2016
Edition: Audio book
Bruce Springsteen describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled 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.
As far as musician autobiographies go, this is one of the best I have read/listened to. I expected it to be good, as it kept being recommended to me. Now, Bruce Springsteen is someone I am familiar with. I grew up with his songs on the radio, but I had never really taken the time to listen to his music or to find out anything about him. I think that makes my thoughts on this book pretty unbias.
Through this book I have gotten to know Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. I have learned what makes him tick, how he built his career and how much he loves doing what he does. There is so much passion in this book. However, it does also touch on more issues, such as his depression and his difficult relationship with his father. I also loved hearing him talk about his family life and how much of a doting dad he is, clearly so proud of his kids. Here is a rockstar, who knows how good he is, but also understands he is privileged to have gotten where he has gotten and never forgot where he came from.
I loved listening to him tell his own story. That is why I decided to listen to this memoir. Listening to an artist tell his own story is to understand the art that he creates and the person behind the facade.
I will definitely be listening to a whole lot of Bruce Springsteen’s music in the weeks to come.
Even if you’re not a fan, I would highly recommend this audio book. He is a born storyteller.
6 out of 7 stars