Born to Run (autobiography)
Born to Run Autobiography
Author Bruce Springsteen
Publication date September 27, 2016 (book)
December 6, 2016 (audiobook)
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pages 528
ISBN 978-1501141515
Publication Order
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Born to Run is Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, released on September 27, 2016. The audiobook, narrated by Springsteen, was released on December 6, 2016. The title is named after Springsteen's iconic 1975 album and song, Born to Run. The book is a companion to the album Chapter and Verse, a career-spanning album featuring songs from all stages of Springsteen's career, in addition to previously unreleased material, that was released four days before the book. On the date of the book's release, Springsteen embarked on a nine-date book tour in the United States. The book has received critical acclaim. On October 6, 2016, Born to Run debuted on the top of the New York Times Best Seller list.[1]

Background Edit

Bruce Springsteen started writing his autobiography in 2009 after performing at the Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show with the E Street Band when he wrote an essay/journal for his website. He kept writing and thought it was good, so he wrote intermittently for seven years. He wrote everything in the book two or three times to make sure he liked how it sounded. He felt that the hardest part of the book to write was about the present since he wrote about people who are still in his life.[2][3] He officially announced the release of the book on his website on June 22, 2016.[4] On the website, Springsteen also released the forward from his autobiography as a teaser of its release on August 16, 2016.[5]

Even though Springsteen's Super Bowl Journal is no longer available on his website due to age, it was included in Born to Run in the chapter entitled "Super Bowl Sunday".[6][7] Born to Run also includes photos from the different stages of Springsteen's life. Bruce dedicated the book to his wife, E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, and their three children: Evan, Jessica, and Sam.

Chapters/Contents Edit

Book One: Growin' Up Edit

  1. My Street
  2. My House
  3. The Church
  4. The Italians
  5. The Irish
  6. My Mother
  7. The Big Bang (Have You Heard the News...)
  8. Radio Days
  9. The Second Coming
  10. The Show Man (Lord of the Dance)
  11. Workingman's Blues
  12. Where the Bands Are
  13. The Castiles
  14. Once There Was a Little Steven
  15. Earth
  16. The Upstage Club
  17. Tinker (Surfin' Safari)
  18. Steel Mill
  19. Homecoming
  20. Endless Summer
  21. Beatnik Deluxe
  22. California Dreamin' (Take Two)
  23. It's a Bar, You Idiots
  24. Onward and Upward
  25. Losing My Religion
  26. Road Work
  27. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
  28. The Satellite Lounge

Book Two: Born to Run Edit

  1. Born to Run
  2. Jon Landau
  3. Thunder Road
  4. Jackpot
  5. The E Street Band
  6. Clarence Clemons
  7. New Contracts
  8. Living with the Law
  9. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  10. The Drop
  11. Downtime
  12. The River
  13. Hitsville
  14. Hello Walls
  15. Nebraska
  16. Deliver Me from Nowhere
  17. California
  18. Born in the U.S.A.
  19. Buona Fortuna, Fratello Mio
  20. The Big Big Time
  21. Going Home
  22. Regresar a Mexico
  23. Tunnel of Love
  24. Goin' Cali

Book Three: Living Proof Edit

  1. Living Proof
  2. Redheaded Revolution
  3. Changes
  4. LA Burning
  5. Going to the Chapel
  6. Earthquake Sam
  7. "Streets of Philadelphia"
  8. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  9. Western Man
  10. Eastern Woman
  11. King of New Jersey (Hollywood Days)
  12. Bringing It All Back Home
  13. Revival
  14. The Rising
  15. Wild East
  16. The Seeger Sessions
  17. Magic
  18. Super Bowl Sunday
  19. Moving On
  20. Wrecking Ball
  21. Losing the Rain
  22. The Wrecking Ball Tour
  23. Zero to Sixty in Nothing Flat
  24. Garage Land
  25. High Hopes
  26. Home Front
  27. Long Time Comin'
  28. Epilogue

Book tour Edit

Springsteen embarked on a nine-date book tour which started on September 27, 2016, and concluded on October 10, 2016. The book tour then made its way to the United Kingdom and Germany in late October for two appearances. On October 27, Springsteen hosted another book-signing event in Toronto, Canada, before interrupting the tour to take part in the annual ne and David Remnick. S concert, to appear in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The tour resumed with a five-date North American leg, which was announced on November 21, 2016. This tour began in Chicago on November 28, 2016, and concluded in Kennesaw, Georgia on December 2.

All events required fans to purchase a pre-signed copy of Springsteen's book. The free tickets for the book store appearances much like his shows were sold out in minutes. Two of the appearances, October 5 in San Francisco and October 7 in New York City featured interviews only with Springsteen and were conducted by Dan Stone and David Remnick. Springsteen also made appearances on CBS Sunday Morning on September 18, 2016, and on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on September 23, 2016 (Springsteen's 67th birthday), to promote the book.





September 27, 2016 Freehold, NJ U.S. Barnes & Noble
September 28, 2016 New York, NY U.S. Barnes & Noble Union Square
September 29, 2016 Philadelphia, PA U.S. Free Library of Philadelphia
October 1, 2016 Seattle, WA U.S. Elliot Bay Book Company
October 3, 2016 Los Angeles, CA U.S. Barnes & Noble at The Grove
October 4, 2016 Portland, OR U.S. Powell's City of Books
October 5, 2016 San Francisco, CA U.S. City Arts & Lectures
October 7, 2016 New York, NY U.S. The New Yorker Festival
October 10, 2016 Cambridge, MA U.S. The Harvard Coop
October 17, 2016 London U.K. Waterstones Piccadilly
October 20, 2016 Frankfurt am Main Germany Frankfurt Book Fair
October 27, 2016 Toronto, Ontario Canada Indigo Books and Music
November 28, 2016 Chicago, IL U.S. Books-A-Million
November 29, 2016 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Joseph-Beth Booksellers
November 30, 2016 Denver, CO U.S. Tattered Cover
December 1, 2016 Austin, TX U.S. Book People
December 2, 2016 Kennesaw, GA U.S. 2nd & Charles

References Edit

  1. "'Born To Run' debuts on top of the New York Times Best Sellers list". Bruce Springsteen. Sony Music Entertainment, 6 Oct. 2016. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
  2. "Born to Run Book by Bruce Springsteen". Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
  3. "Bruce discusses writing 'Born To Run'". Bruce Springsteen. Sony Music Entertainment, 1 Sept. 2016. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
  4. "Springsteen's autobiography to be released September 27th". Bruce Springsteen. Sony Music Entertainment, 22 Jun. 2016. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
  5. "Born To Run: FOREWARD". Bruce Springsteen. Sony Music Entertainment, 16 Aug. 2016. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
  6. Kreps, Daniel. "Bruce Springsteen on His Super Bowl Slide: Rocker Opens Up in Candid Journal". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2009. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
  7. Springsteen, Bruce. Born to Run. Simon & Schuster, 2016.
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