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The reviews for Bruce Springsteen's memoir are rolling in with The New York Times and Britain's The Guardian featuring extensive quotes from the tome. The long awaited autobiography, Born To Run, will be published on September 27th, and features "The Boss" covering all the key bases of his long and storied life and career. When discussing why the E Street Band wasn't built as a democracy, Springsteen wrote, "If I was going to assume the workload and responsibility, I might as well assume the power. I’ve always believed the E Street Band’s continued existence is partially due to the fact that there was little to no role confusion among its members. My bandmates were not always happy with the decisions I made and may have been angered by some of them, but nobody debated my right to make them."
He touched upon crossing class lines after earning his first major payday following his chart-topping 1980 album The River and its sold out all arena world tour. Springsteen wrote about moving into a house in an upscale New Jersey town where he was spit on as a teen: "I could still feel the shadow of that spit that hit me long ago when I moved to Rumson in 1983, 16 years later. At 33 years old, I still had to take a big gulp of air before walking through the door of my new home."
- Springsteen humorously talked about how his three children, all born in the '90s, came to terms with his superstardom: "My kids didn’t know 'Badlands' from matzo ball soup. When I was approached on the street for autographs, I’d explain to them that in my job I was Barney (the then-famous purple dinosaur) for adults." His recalled eldest son Evan saying to him, in shock, 'Dad, that guy has you tattooed on his arm.'"
- During his recent appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, Springsteen spoke about what he thinks drives a creative mind: "I believe every artist has someone who told them they weren't worth dirt and someone who told them they were the second coming of the Baby Jesus -- and they believed them both. And that, that's the fuel that (laughs) stirs the fire." :
- September 27 - Freehold, NJ - Barnes & Noble
- September 28 - New York, NY - Barnes & Noble Union Square
- September 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Free Library of Philadelphia
- October 1 - Seattle, WA - Elliott Bay Book Company
- October 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Barnes & Noble at The Grove
- October 4 - Portland, OR - Powell’s City of Books
- October 5 - San Francisco, CA - City Arts & Lectures
- October 7 - New York, NY - The New Yorker Festival
- October 10 - Cambridge, MA - The Harvard Coop