After the September release of his hefty autobiography, the length of which is rivaled only by the raucous four-hour-plus shows he puts on, Springsteen has launched a book tour visiting a select cities, meeting and greeting the lucky few with tickets and time. Fans respond accordingly — they see themselves in his songs and now in his self-deprecating and nakedly honest writing. 6., if anyone needs any Christmas gift ideas for the fans in your life.)
The things that make Springsteen’s songs beautiful and timeless come shining through in his writing — mainly Truth, with a capital T, with a dash of humor and plenty of lyricism. Sure, there is the dive-bar and hand-to-mouth life of a starving artist as a young man and the stark, bright light of stardom, but his problems are much like the people he sings about: painfully honest and ordinary. That he can share his story so eloquently in the poetry of his music and the prose of his memoir is just what makes him the Boss. There are happy moments, too — the birth of children, the magnetic pull of performing, finding love, acceptance and Klonopin. A failed marriage. It’s why people got up at ungodly hours of the cold morning to stand in a line around a book store. Regrets. (The audiobook, which Springsteen will narrate, comes out Dec. Depression. It’s his burden and his gift. Over a thousand fans waited hours to get a photo and a signed copy of his new book, “Born to Run.” (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
Forget about Bruce Springsteen the iconic rock star. Colfax November 30, 2016. All of this is laid bare in the book, unfolded in a conversational tone, almost as if you can hear Springsteen telling the same stories in the back of a dark New Jersey bar over beers. This man has given a lot of thought to his life, how he lives it and how he endures. Forget about the Bruce Springsteen the winner of countless Grammy Awards, an Oscar and, as of last week, a Presidential Medal of Freedom. And he shares it all with his audience. And forget about Bruce Springsteen the harmonica-slinging folk hero who channels Woody Guthrie. There are plenty of rockers who put pen to paper, producing memoirs full of sleazy bars and cheap motels and then hitting it big — only to experience the seemingly inevitable drug-fueled or disease-induced crash. Because the man who appeared at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store on Wednesday was Bruce Springsteen, the lauded author whose writing — not his guitar — does the all the talking. Here, Springsteen stands apart. Morgan Schwartz, 11, gets a hug from super rocker Bruce Springsteen at the Tattered Cover book store on E. A distant father. Of course, the nearly 1,200 fans who lined up outside for a chance to own a signed copy of “Born to Run” and a photo with Springsteen have not forgotten any iteration of the man known as the Boss.