Rock Blog: Bruce Springsteen Pens 'Born To Run'

October 10, 2016

So Bruce Springsteen has a new book. It’s called “Born to Run” – crazy title, huh? At this point, Bruce can more or less do whatever he pleases. He’s in that group of cats with Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison. No matter what these guys release, Rolling Stone Magazine will celebrate it as an important milestone in rock music history. Hey, I personally love hearing Bob Dylan doing the songs that Frank Sinatra made famous, but sadly I’m pretty much on an island alone and I’m okay with that.

But Bruce has never really left the course he set in 1973. And that’s a good thing.

Bruce started out singing about cars, life in New Jersey, and life escaping New Jersey. He shared loved letters about Sandy, Rosalita, Kitty, Candy and Sherry Darling. And then Bruce turned his attention towards protest music, and spoke out about some of the issues facing our country - “Born down in a dead man's town, the first kick I took was when I hit the ground" - When a pop hit wasn’t a pop song at all.

On top of being a great writer, Springsteen puts on perhaps the best live show ever. The dude leaves it all out there, playing 3-4 hours a night. So yeah, Bruce can do what he wants. He’s earned it. And now he’s released a book about his life, and the best part is he wrote it himself. Everyone knows the basic story – He followed his early hero, Frank Sinatra, as a blue collar Jersey Boy who came from nothing to rule the music world, and brought his childhood friends along for the ride. He’s one of the good guys, a humanitarian, a guy who has kept it real for over 40 years. 

Here are 6 epic songs from Bruce Springsteen (but not the hits you’re sick do death of) before you check out the new book “Born to Run”:

  

 

- Sergeant Hairclub AKA Dave Richards