Bruce Springsteen will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Next Week for ‘Born to Run’ Book Signing
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Bruce Springsteen last week announced a fall book tour to promote his forthcoming memoir, Born to Run. The nine-date outing commences – not surprisingly – at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey on September 27. The day of release.
The Boss then heads to Union Square the next day, and will sign books at the Barnes & Noble outpost there.
A companion album is also available for purchase, Born to Run: Chapter and Verse, available today (which is also his birthday).
Springsteen is also the cover story on Vanity Fair. Here are a few excerpts regarding the new book.
The germ of Born to Run, the book, lies in a short, diaristic piece Springsteen wrote for his Web site in 2009, after he and the E Street Band played the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIII. The logistics and pressure of doing the 12-minute show threw even as battle-tested a performer as Springsteen for a loop, and he thought the experience would make for a good yarn to share. “Fifteen minutes . . . oh, by the way, I’m somewhat terrified,” he wrote in one passage. “It’s not the usual pre-show jitters, not ‘butterflies,’ not wardrobe malfunction nervousness, I’m talking about five minutes to beach landing, ‘Right Stuff,’ ‘Lord Don’t Let Me Screw the Pooch in Front of 100 Million People,’ ‘One of the biggest television audiences since dinosaurs first screwed on earth’ kind of terror.”
But it’s the less jocular stuff in Springsteen’s life, the material germane to his autobiography’s title, that gives Born to Run its depth—and Springsteen knows this. “I knew I was gonna ‘go there’ in the book,” he told me. “I had to find the roots of my own troubles and issues—and the joyful things that have allowed me to put on the kind of shows that we put on.”
One of the pleasures of reading Born to Run is seeing how naturally Springsteen’s singular, familiar songwriting voice translates to a new medium, prose. Recalling, in present tense, the circumscribed little life his family led, he writes, “The bride and her hero are whisked away in their long black limousine, the one that drops you off at the beginning of your life. The other one is just around the corner waiting for another day to bring the tears and take you on that short drive straight out Throckmorton Street to the St. Rose graveyard on the edge of town.” Should the rock-god thing no longer work out, this guy might have a future filling the late Elmore Leonard’s shoes.
Full book tour itinerary:
Sept. 27 — Freehold, NJ @ Barnes & Noble
Sept. 28 — New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
Sept. 29 — Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Free Library
Oct. 1 — Seattle, WA @ Elliot Bay Book Company
Oct. 3 — Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble at the Grove
Oct. 4 — Portland, OR @ Powell’s City of Books
Oct. 5 — San Francisco, CA @ City Arts & Lectures
Oct. 7 — New York, NY @ The New Yorker Festival
Oct. 10 — Boston, MA @ The Harvard Coop