Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has teased fans by publishing the foreword from his forthcoming autobiography, Born to Run, on his official website. Read it below.
The 66-year-old from New Jersey, who visited Scotland’s Hampden Park with his E Street Band in June, began writing his memoir in 2009, before signing a deal with publishing giants Simon & Schuster last year.
Born to Run, due to be published on 27 September, is one of the most eagerly-awaited rock memoirs in years.
The book will be accompanied by a compilation album, Chapter and Verse, to be released on 23 September, and featuring previously unreleased songs.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen said. “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.”
“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,” said Ian Chapman, CEO of Simon & Schuster UK, when the book was announced in February. “Beyond being one of the most admired individuals in the world, he is a captivating storyteller with a unique way of expressing himself.”
See below for the full foreword of Born To Run.
I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who “lie” in service of the truth . . . artists, with a small “a.” But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.
This book is both a continuation of that story and a search into its origins. I’ve taken as my parameters the events in my life I believe shaped that story and my performance work. One of the questions I’m asked over and over again by fans on the street is “How do you do it?” In the following pages I will try to shed a little light on how and, more important, why.
Rock ’n’ Roll Survival Kit
DNA, natural ability, study of craft, development of and devotion to an aesthetic philosophy, naked desire for . . . fame? . . . love? . . . admiration? . . . attention? . . . women? . . . sex? . . . and oh, yeah . . . a buck. Then . . . if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just . . . don’t . . . quit . . . burning.
These are some of the elements that will come in handy should you come face-to-face with eighty thousand (or eighty) screaming rock ’n’ roll fans who are waiting for you to do your magic trick. Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world, something that before the faithful were gathered here today was just a song-fuelled rumour.
I am here to provide proof of life to that ever elusive, never completely believable “us.” That is my magic trick. And like all good magic tricks, it begins with a setup. So . . .