Born To Run

born-to-run-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Bruce Springsteen
Narrated By: Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Duration: 18 Hours 16 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4

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Summary: “Writing about yourself is a funny business…. 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.” (Bruce Springsteen, from the audio of Born to Run)

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He 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. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road”, “Badlands”, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, “The River”, “Born in the U.S.A.”, “The Rising”, and “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Author bio: Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of 20 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run Audio Book Summary

Born to Run is the autobiographical book of music star Bruce Springsteen. Bruce is an American singer whose first hit came in 1975 with his song Born To Run; Although it was in the eighties when he became an international rock star thanks to his album Born in the USA.

Bruce recounts everything that marked his life and made him the person he is now, remembers the ten-year-old Bruce in the company of his grandfather looking for radio transmitters in the trash to fix and sell them. He remembers his alcoholic father with whom he had a complicated relationship, he thinks his father loved him but could not stand him.

He became interested in music at the age of seven when he saw Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show, his inspiration to become a musician. His mother bought him his first guitar in 1964 and started it all.

The book is mostly about his artistic career, at the beginning, as many people suffered rejections, the biggest by Atlantic Records.

He breaks the silence about his first manager Mike Appel with whom he had many discrepancies, says that he made him sign contracts with harmful conditions, Bruce began to suspect about his intentions when he repeatedly insisted that he sign a million dollar life insurance.

In his second manager Jon Landau, he found more than a representative, a friend who has accompanied him for many years of career, he describes him as a cultured and intelligent subject. In it he saw a kind of father figure of protection.

He talks about the members of his band E Street Band, to whom Dedicates long paragraphs. Particularly Clarece Clemons deserves a complete chapter, he paints him as a talented rock saxophonist and an endearing friend

The title of his work is the same as that of his first Born to Run song, which in short, marks the beginning of his success. The song is a reflection of a changing America where fear was latent.

His book has much of social criticism raises the voice by the indignation that causes him injustice.

On the other hand, Patti Scialfa, showgirl of the E Street Band is subject of a whole chapter, she would become his wife and his companion in the trip that is the music.

In half a century of career, Springsteen has written about 300 songs. But one undoubtedly marked the beginning of his career and exposed to the world everything that this musician had inside, it is that song, which shares title with his recent biography.

It is a great work on the man behind the fame, with no intention other than to carry a message to the reader.