Born to Run: Autobiografia


"Bruce Springsteen por ele mesmo: a autobiografia que está sacudindo o mundo. Um dos artistas mais admirados e influentes da história do rock and roll mundial, Bruce Springsteen passou os últimos sete anos escrevendo secretamente a história de sua vida. O resultado é Born to run, esta autobiografia extraordinária, que a LeYa publica quase que simultaneamente ao lançamento mundial. O livro, que se tornou um best seller instantâneo e atualmente ocupa a quinta posição entre os mais vendidos da Amazon americana, carrega a mesma honestidade, humor e originalidade que Bruce imprime a suas canções. Nele, o músico descreve sua criação católica, a obsessão pela carreira musical, o início em bares ao apogeu da E. Street Band e, com muita sinceridade, fala pela primeira vez das batalhas pessoas que inspiraram seus melhores trabalhos. Born to Run será reveladora para qualquer um que goste de Bruce Springsteen, mas vai muito além das memórias de um legendário astro do rock. Este é um livro para trabalhadores e sonhadores, pais e filhos, apaixonados e solitários, artistas, loucos, e qualquer um que já tenha desejado ser batizado nas águas do rio sagrado do rock and roll. E se torna indispensável por trazer a reflexão sobre o posicionamento do artista e o papel da cultura em um contexto de crise e perda de valores humanos. Raramente uma lenda como Bruce contou sua própria história com tanta força e vigor. Como nas canções (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” e “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” para ficar somente com algumas), sua autobiografia foi escrita com o lirismo de um poeta singular e a sabedoria de um homem que refletiu profundamente sobre suas experiências."
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“Writing about yourself is a funny business…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.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Outlaw Pete is a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written.

When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce’s Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he’s learned as a man and a rock ’n’ roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written—rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It’s an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack.

Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen’s blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they’re also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central.

Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared.

But I’m not trying to start anything, so buy it, don’t steal it, OK? —Dave Marsh
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