Score another coup for the book publishing industry: The Boss is back. Hot on the heels of announcements that Amy Schumer and, most recently, Megyn Kelly landed multimillion dollar deals to tell their stories, comes word today that Simon & Schuster will bring out Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, on September 27. It will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions in the United States, U.K., Canada, Australia, and India.
Springsteen began work on the memoir in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl halftime show. He describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination, per the announcement, and “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.” The book promises “disarming candor” about the personal struggles that have inspired his work, and reveals “why the song ‘Born to Run’ reveals more than we previously realized.”
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen notes in his book. “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.”
Jonathan Karp, publisher of CBS-owned Simon & Schuster, said, “This is the book we’ve been hoping for. Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”
Simon & Schuster acquired Born To Run in an exclusive submission from Springsteen’s legal representatives, Allen Grubman and Jonathan Ehrlich of Grubman Shire & Meiselas, P.C. S&S previously published Springsteen’s illustrated book with Frank Caruso, Outlaw Pete, in 2014.
Born To Run will be published internationally, along with the regions already noted, by Editions Albin Michel in France; Mondadori in Italy; Heyne in Germany; Natur & Kultur in Sweden; Spectrum in the Netherlands, Politikens in Denmark; Cappelen Damn in Norway; Otava in Finland; and Penguin Random Spain.