Calling all Bruce Springsteen fans! With just two weeks left until his highly-anticipated memoir Born To Run is released, news has come rocking in that Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are returning to Australia in early 2017!
This news follows the announcement of a new compilation album, Chapter & Song, which will be released to accompany and amplify the memoir’s reading experience (five of the album’s eighteen tracks have not been previously released).
We’ve also received news that Springsteen has broken the US record for longest concert – with a mammoth 34 track set list, spanning 4 hours and 4 minutes in Philadelphia last week. So Aussies… get ready for a tour loaded with a dynamic classic set list of songs which will have you dancing in the dark all night long.
If this were not exciting enough, it looks as though he will be reuniting Australian rock legends JET to support his nationwide tour over January and February on selected dates.
‘Someday girl I don’t know when
We’re gonna get to that place, where we really wanna go
And we’ll walk in the sun, but till then tramps like us
Baby we were born to run’
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.
To celebrate the release of his memoir, we have two chances for you to win:
Pre-order Born To Run (the print book) by September 30th and you could win The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, worth $215!
Pre-order Born to Run (the eBook) by September 27th and you could win a $200 JB Hi-Fi Gift Voucher!
The following is the complete foreword from Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born To Run.
I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who “lie” in service of the truth… artists, with a small “a.” But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell.
This book is both a continuation of that story and a search into its origins. I’ve taken as my parameters the events in my life I believe shaped that story and my performance work. One of the questions I’m asked over and over again by fans on the street is “How do you do it?” In the following pages I will try to shed a little light on how and, more important, why.
Rock ’n’ Roll Survival Kit
DNA, natural ability, study of craft, development of and devotion to an aesthetic philosophy, naked desire for…fame?…love?…admiration?… attention?…women?… sex?… and oh, yeah… a buck. Then… if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just… don’t… quit… burning.
These are some of the elements that will come in handy should you come face-to-face with eighty thousand (or eighty) screaming rock ’n’ roll fans who are waiting for you to do your magic trick. Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world, something that before the faithful were gathered here today was just a song-fueled rumor.
I am here to provide proof of life to that ever elusive, never completely believable “us.” That is my magic trick. And like all good magic tricks, it begins with a setup. So…
Listen to a little of The Boss today, on us!
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Emily is Booktopia's resident eBook Merchandiser and music nerd. Obsessed with all things Harry Potter, dogs, biographical and digital; she occasionally talks too much and worked in customer service in a previous Booktopian life. When she's not obsessing over one of her many loves, she's out taking photos or trying to write self-deprecatingly witty things.