Rocker’s story sprints in
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”.