Simon & Schuster is proud to announce the world-wide publication of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run, which will be released internationally on September 27, 2016. The work will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India, and rights have already been sold to publishers in nine countries.
Mr. Springsteen has been privately writing the autobiography over the past seven years. He began work in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s halftime show.
In Born to Run, Mr. Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. 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.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Mr. Springsteen notes in his 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.”
The international publishers of Born to Run are Editions Albin Michel in France; Mondadori in Italy; Heyne in Germany; Natur & Kultur in Sweden; Spectrum in the Netherlands, Politken in Denmark; Cappelen Damn in Norway; Otava in Finland; and Penguin Random Spain.
“In France, Bruce Springsteen is more than a music legend. He has become, over time, the incarnation of a certain idea of America, of certain American values we love and cherish (and feel lost sometimes). His autobiography is everything we can expect from such a great song writer, and even more, a remarkable piece of American literature which will, no doubt, be recognized as such. We are immensely proud to have been chosen as his French publishers. This is a once in a lifetime honor.”
--Anne Michel, foreign department director of Editions Albin Michel (France)
We're immensely proud to be the Italian publisher ofBorn to Run- it is an absolute highlight in my publishing career! A wonderfully written memoir, covering every significant moment of the life and career of The Boss. A must have for all his fans! Each page has the sound of a song, and the entire book has the pace and power of arock’n’rolllive concert.
--Alberto Gelsumini, editor of Mondadori (Italy)
"Bruce Springsteen is one of my all-time heroes. Every year we make lists of our favorite rock and roll stars we wish and dream to publish. Bruce Springsteen is always on top of this list. And now I have readBorn to Run. What a wonderful work full of wisdom and coolness, lyricism and literature, coming-of-age stories and experiences of a rich life, music history and great American novel - a pure honor to publish the German edition.”
--Ulrich Genzler, publisher of Heyne (Germany)
"The first LP I bought for my own money was Born in the USA. I was twelve in 1984, and Bruce Springsteen was everything I, a not-so-cool pre-teen kid growing up in a suburb of Stockholm, wanted to be. After readingBorn to RunI realize that, in certain ways, even back then, I actually was a lot more like him than I could ever imagine. I think that's the most beautiful realization of reading Bruce Springsteen's personal book, and what makes it truly unique. For sure,Born to Runis the story of the man who was to become The Boss, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and beyond, but it is just as much the story of one man's struggle to become himself, for better or worse, and what it took to get him there.”
--RichardHerold, publisher of Natur & Kultur (Sweden)
“Bruce Springsteen is one of the most inspiring human beings alive. So many people can relate to his music, his life and his honest performances. Young adults, people who are just starting their career and people who have several grandchildren already. From California to Finland: his appeal is universal and all-time. The magic that he has put in his lyrics has found its way into his book as well.”
--Eduard Richter and Barend Wallet, publishers of Spectrum (The Netherlands)
“In his own words Bruce Springsteen describes his lifelong pursuit of playing music as a ‘life-giving, joyful, sweat drenched, muscle-aching, voice blowing, mind-clearing, exhausting, soul invigorating, cathartic pleasure and privilege.’ This quote also covers the feelings you’re left with after turning the last page ofBorn To Run. Rarely are you invited on a ride at the backseat of a more poetic and insightful autobiography. It not only takes you through an iconic career and a voice that reflects five decades of American music and history but also through a personal storyflavouredwith that kind of love and abandonment, confidence and fearfulness, struggle and success that echoes in every human life.”
--Kim Hundevadt, head of nonfiction, Politken (Denmark)
“It is truly not only a documentation of one of the most fascinating life stories in rock and roll, but also a beautifully written tale of modern day America.”
-- Anders Heger, senior editor at CappelenDamm
“Born to Runis not only an amazing story of one of the biggest stars in the history of music, it is also a portrait of America from the 1950’s to the present day. Readers throughout the world will respond to his story. They will live, love, struggle and reach the stars with him. Finns love Bruce like no other star. This book will be a dream come true moment for all fans of Bruce all over the world and also in Finland.”
--Jarkko Vesikansa, executive editor of Otava (Finland)
“Everyone knows that Bruce Springsteen is a top-notch writer, it’s enough just to listen to the lyrics of his songs. What we didn’t know is that, in addition to being a poet, he’s also a masterful narrator, capable of trapping the reader in his autobiography with hands of steel, and not letting us go until the very last page.”
--Claudio López, editorial director of Penguin Random House Spain
“Born to Runreverberates with an authenticity and energy that is uniquely Springsteen. Readers will come to better know the man who has been part of their musical lives for decades, and love him and his music even more having read it.”
--Kevin Hanson, publisher of Simon & Schuster (Canada)
“If you were to ask any publisher to name a cultural figure whose autobiography would provoke the greatest enthusiasm, Bruce Springsteen’s name would be on every list. Beyond being one of the most admired individuals in the world, he is a captivating storyteller with a unique way of expressing himself. Born to Runbrilliantly captures his remarkable artistic life.”
--Ian Chapman, managing director of Simon & Schuster (United Kingdom)
“This is the book we’ve been hoping for. Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”
--Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster (United States)
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