Rocker’s story sprints in

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in New York

Bruce Spring­steen’s life is now of­fi­cially an open book.

The au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Born to Run takes read­ers on a riv­et­ing ride through the ev­ery­man rock star’s deeply lived ex­is­tence.

Spring­steen, who scrawled his story in long­hand over seven years, be­gins with an exquisitely de­tailed child’s-eye viewof his 1950s work­ing-class neigh­bor­hood. He weaves an Amer­i­can Land ta­pes­try pop­u­lated with his col­or­ful Ir­ish-Ital­ian fam­ily. Then come the mu­si­cal mus­ings:

— Young Bruce, “on fire” af­ter see­ing Elvis on TV, quickly chafed at “stu­pen­dously bor­ing” mu­sic lessons. “I still can’t read mu­sic to this day.”

— Once, in his early band, the Castiles, “we were be­ing spit on, lit­er­ally, way be­fore it­was­a­punk badge of honor”.

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