Born to Run

Born to Run

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501141515
1501141511
Characteristics: xii, 510 pages : illustrations (some colour)

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dirtbag1
Jun 09, 2019

I have to think Bruces' big break came when he was introduced to the legendary John Hammond. Without his endorsement Bruce's career may never have gone to the heights it did. Lucky for Bruce and lucky for us.

Two other things of note: 1. Bruce writes at length about his decades long battle with depression. Who knew?

2. On page 469 when on the subject of Globalism and the crash of 2008 he laments, "....If this much damage can be done to average citizens with basically no accountability, then the game is off and the thin veil of democracy is revealed for what it is, a shallow disguise for a growing plutocracy that is here now and permanent."

I was pleasantly surprised by Bruce's intelligence infused writing. Bruce gets it.

Bookladybyday Feb 26, 2019

Gritty, funny yet serious, Springsteen will entertain you as he reads his wonderfully written autobiography. Even if you don't like his music, you won't be disappointed by his East Coast escapades, superb gravelly voice and laugh-out-loud descriptions of all the players in his own life.

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spantell
Sep 15, 2017

Interesting information spread throughout, but it is way too long, should be cut in about half. Also, not very well written. Editors did not do a good job.

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Jeffsuke
Sep 13, 2017

Reads as if you are listening to him speak, that is truly a compliment.
As a fan I was impressed with his "origin" story. The early bands, family and his school years. I felt the book lost steam as he started to politize, his book, his story, I just found it unnecessary.
Not exhaustive, barely mentions his resuscitation of Gary U.S. Bonds career or the fact he has a whole XM channel.
Interesting insight into his mental state and it was very bold of him to share that.
Bottom line, good not great. This book will be a great resource for the bio he will someday get and the one he deserves.

kmscows Mar 05, 2017

As a Bruce Spingsteen fan, I found this book revealing and entertaining. I have seen Springsteen in concert in the 80s, 90s, 2000s and most recently in 2016. His performances are energetic, intense and highly entertaining. I appreciated the insights into Springsteen's early years, his family and his depression. Springsteen writes songs that connect to everyman and this biography further gives us a glimpse as to why he transcends classes, genders and ages.

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adam_cooper
Feb 19, 2017

Honest, surprising and raw. This is the music biography for people who don't read music biographies.

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becker
Jan 26, 2017

Written with the same passion and eloquence as his lyrics. Perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be but his life is interesting and it was a great trip down memory lane for me.

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wilbertjack
Jan 20, 2017

As a Springsteen fan I did enjoy this book. Especially the parts about his early childhood, and his sympathetic treatment of his first wife. I was happy he disclosed his struggles with depression. I only ever went to one concert, here in Ottawa during The River Tour. The ticket cost 12 dollars !

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GummiGirl
Jan 10, 2017

A treat for Springsteen fans, with lots of details about the music we love and its creator. It made me re-listen to all his old and not-quite-so-old material with a deeper understanding. He's selective about what personal details he shares, so although he writes about his political views and his battles with depression, don't read this expecting a celebrity tell-all. It's mainly the story of a musician, his influences (musical and family) and, yes, New Jersey.

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brangwinn
Jan 09, 2017

Deep is an adjective for Springsteen. I still find it amazing that a guy who has reached such heights of fame could remain somebody I’d like to have living next to me. Although his memoir went into much more detail about his rise to fame, it’s clear that he worked hard to get recognition.

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Deborah60076
Jan 02, 2018

Bruce Springsteen is a very good writer, but I regret having listened to this book on DVD. Much as it was interesting to hear him talk about himself, he is not an expressive or interesting reader - Get the book instead. But, he is a great writer, and very open - his description of depression is one of the best that I have ever read (except for Styron's book).

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