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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ Memoir: Seven Years in the Making

rs-227987-btr-700x1057Set to be released next Tuesday, September 27th, Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run, is expected to run right off the shelves.

The iconic singer has been secretly penning the book for seven years — a task he took on himself without even contacting a publisher, according to The Wall Street Journal

Springsteen got the bug to write something other than a song after writing a first-person account on his web site about his experience playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2009. Shortly after that, he started writing Born to Run, which includes details about his childhood growing up in New Jersey and the start of The E Street Band. Then back in 2014, he published Outlaw Pete, an illustrated book for adults based on one of his songs.

In a video released on his Facebook page this week, he said “Writing prose has its own set of rules. You’ve got to create the music without the music.”

Speaking of music, Springsteen will also be releasing retrospective companion album called “Chapter and Vers” on September 23. The album includes five previously unreleased tracks.

Born to Run is already a bestseller on Amazon, and considering the book will be released in 22 countries, and considering “The Boss” is “The Boss,” it’s sure to be a bestseller on just about every other list out there.

 

Born to Run in hardcover is now available for pre-order for $19.50. 

Or for your Kindle for $14.99.

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Bruce Springsteen To Publish Children’s Book

springsteen-outlaw-pete-bookAnother celebrity is penning another children’s book.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Bruce Springsteen is set to publish Outlaw Pete, due out November 4th. The picture book is based on The Boss’s 2009 song, also called Outlaw Pete. In case you you’re not familiar, the song tells the story of a bank-robbing baby:

Outlaw Pete…

He was born a little baby on the Appalachian Trail
At six months old he’d done three months in jail
He robbed a bank in his diapers and his little bare baby feet
All he said was “Folks, my name is Outlaw Pete.”

I’m Outlaw Pete!
I’m Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?

At twenty-five a mustang pony he did steal
And they rode around and ’round on heaven’s wheel
Father Jesus, I’m an outlaw, killer and a thief
And I slow down only to sow my grief

I’m Outlaw Pete!
I’m Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?

He cut his trail of tears across the countryside
And where he went, women wept and men died
One night he woke from a vision of his own death
Saddled his pony and rode her deep into the West
Married a Navajo girl and settled down on the res
And as the smoke fell he held that beautiful daughter to his chest

I’m Outlaw Pete!
I’m Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

Out of the East on an Irish stallion came Bounty Hunter Dan
His heart quickened and burdened by the need to get his man
He found Pete peacefully fishing by the river, pulled his gun and got the drop
He said, “Pete, you think you’ve changed, but you have not.”
He cocked his pistol, pulled the trigger and shouted, “Let it stop!”
He drew a knife from his boot and pierced Dan through the heart
Dan smiled as he lay in his own blood dying in the sun
And whispered in Pete’s ear, “We cannot undo these things we’ve done.”

You’re Outlaw Pete!
You’re Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

For forty days and nights Pete rode and did not stop
Till he sat high upon an icy mountain top
He watched a hawk on a desert updraft slip and slide
Moved to the edge and dug his spurs deep into his pony’s side

Some say Pete and his pony vanished over the edge
Some say they remain frozen high upon that icy ledge
The young Navajo girl washes in the river, skin so fair
And braids a piece of Pete’s buckskin chaps into her hair

Outlaw Pete!
Outlaw Pete!
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

Frank Caruso will illustrate the picture book. Springsteen is just another one of the many celebrities and rock stars to pen a children’s book, in addition to Madonna, Keith Richards, and Jimmy Buffett.

 

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