Bruce Springsteen will tell his story in his words later this year when he puts out his autobiography, Born to Run. The tome will come out worldwide on September 27th – a few days after his 67th birthday – in hardcover, ebook and audiobook editions.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” the singer wrote in the yet-to-be-released book. “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.”
Springsteen began work on the memoir in 2009, after he played the Super Bowl halftime show with the E Street Band. Over the next seven years, he wrote and reflected on the book in private.
A statement from the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, says the book will chronicle Springsteen’s life from growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid “poetry, danger and darkness” and how it inspired him to become a musician. It will also cover his days playing bars in Asbury Park and how the E Street Band came together and became a tour de force. The publisher promises “disarming candor” in Springsteen’s descriptions of his personal struggles.
Springsteen put out a children’s book, Outlaw Pete, in 2014. At the time, he revealed the books he likes to read. The New York Times described his bookshelves as containing titles about cosmology, philosophy, baseball and crime, as well as literary classics like Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. His favorite authors at that time were Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy and Philip Roth, but he also had a taste for the classics. “I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky,” he said. “I never read any of them until the past four years, and found them to be thoroughly psychologically modern.”