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Bruce Springsteen

Author of Born to Run: The Autobiography

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About the Author

Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of twenty Grammy Awards. Springsteen is the author of bestsellers Texas Pete and Born to Run. (Bowker Author Biography)
Image credit: Bruce Frederick Springsteen (1949- ) Photo by Jackie (Sister 72), April 20, 2005, Asbury Park, N.J. (Flickr attribution license)

Works by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run: The Autobiography (2016) 1,728 copies
Renegades: Born in the USA (2021) — Author — 230 copies
Bruce Springsteen: Songs (1998) 157 copies
The Rising (2002) 98 copies
Nebraska [sound recording] (1982) 89 copies
The River (1980) 87 copies
Tunnel of Love [1987 album] (1987) 75 copies
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) 65 copies
Magic [sound recording] (2007) 64 copies
Human Touch (1992) 59 copies
Outlaw Pete (2014) 43 copies
Philadelphia: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1993) — Artist — 33 copies
18 Tracks (2000) 25 copies
Letter To You (2020) 23 copies
Bruce Springsteen: Tracks (1998) 22 copies
Born to Run [songbook] (1986) 17 copies
Springsteen On Broadway (2018) 14 copies
Chapter and Verse (2016) 12 copies
Chimes Of Freedom (1988) 10 copies
Devils & Dust [songbook] (2005) 7 copies
Canciones (1998) 5 copies
Springsteen & I [Video] (2013) 4 copies
Streets of Philadelphia (1994) 4 copies
Fire (2010) 3 copies
Great lyricists : Bruce Springsteen (2008) — Lyricist — 3 copies
L'économie (2017) 3 copies
Boss (Hardback) (2012) 3 copies
Born to Run [45 RPM] (1975) 3 copies
Bruce Springsteen. (1999) 2 copies
My Hometown 2 copies
The Collection 1973-1984 (2010) 2 copies
Songs (1999) 2 copies
Mtv Plugged (2018) 2 copies
Western Stars [2019 film] (2019) — Director & Actor — 1 copy
Live 1975-85 1 copy
The rising 1 copy
This Is Christmas — Contributor — 1 copy
Rosalita 1 copy
Vol. 2-Collection (2004) 1 copy
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1996) 1 copy
Thunder Road 1 copy
I'm On Fire 1 copy
For You 1 copy
High Hopes 1 copy
I'm on Fire 1 copy
Foxy Night 1 copy
In Harmony 2 1 copy
Backstreets 1 copy

Associated Works

Born on the Fourth of July (1976) — Introduction, some editions — 613 copies
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 96 copies
Twenty Feet from Stardom [2013 film] (2014) — Actor — 39 copies
Now That's What I Call Christmas! (US) (2001) — Contributor — 34 copies
A Very Special Christmas (1987) — Contributor, some editions — 22 copies
Sound + Vision (box set) [sound recording] (2014) — Songwriter — 11 copies
Sun City — Contributor — 6 copies
Power In The Blood [sound recording] (2002) — Composer — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Springsteen, Bruce
Legal name
Springsteen, Bruce Frederick Joseph
Other names
The Boss
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Places of residence
Freehold Borough, New Jersey, USA
Rumson, New Jersey, USA
Wellington, Florida, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Freehold Borough High School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic school
Ocean County College (dropped out)
Scialfa, Patti (wife)
Phillips, Julianne (ex-wife)
Autism Speaks
New Jersey Food bank
Stand Up for Heroes
Awards and honors
Polar Music Prize (1997)
Kennedy Center Honors (2009)
Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1985)
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (1988)
Grammy Award for Song of the Year (1995)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song (1995) (show all 29)
Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1995)
Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (1995)
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album (1997)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Album (2003)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song (2003)
Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (2003)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ( [2004])
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2005)
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2006)
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album (2007)
Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video (2007)
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2008)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song (2008)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2008)
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song (2009)
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2010)
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song (1993)
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song (2008)
Academy Award for Best Original Song (1993)
Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999)
Songwriters Hall of Fame (1999)
New Jersey Hall of Fame (2007)
Critic's Choice Award for Best Song (2009)



vorefamily | 72 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
well written, interesting life
mavave | 72 other reviews | Feb 14, 2024 |
I admit it is hard for me to be entirely objective about this book, given that I am a 40 -year fan of Mr. Springsteen. Many of his fans who have been following for a long time, know bits and pieces of his life through the stories he is told over the years at his epic concerts, in addition to witnessing his rise to fame and his enduring musical legacy. Mr. Springsteen is and always has been an excellent storyteller, in the songs he has written and in his monologues accompanying the music and in interviews with media. That storytelling capability carried over very well to this autobiography. I savored every word of this book, from his observations about family and love and life and fatherhood, in general, to the insights into the music business, the specific events that shaped his rise to stardom and the enduring professionalism of the E Street Band, his discussion of his own sometimes debilitating depression and the mental illness that plagued his father and other members of his family. Even though I read this slowly, digesting chapters or partial chapters before moving on, I so enjoyed the writing itself, the beautiful prose and imagery, that I plan to re-read this lovely book again very shortly.… (more)
bschweiger | 72 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
The central question of Springsteen's Born to Run is: How the hell do you get from Freehold, N.J., to superstardom (including hosting a podcast with a former president) in only 50 ish short years? The Boss’s autobiography, “Born to Run,” answers this paradox nicely. Many of the stories that Springsteen tells diehards will know about it but what makes this book special is how Springsteen pulls back the curtain to reveal how his own family life - including his upbringing - and search for love and acceptance as an adult has shaped his blue-collar songwriting. The most poignant parts of the autobiography come towards the end, when Springsteen discusses connecting with his mentally ill father as he nears his death bed, muses on his friendship with Clarence Clemons, and discloses his own struggles with depression. This is a surprisingly vulnerable autobiography ("Chronicles Vol.1" by Dylan this isn't). We often think of rock stars as being larger than life, but in many ways, Springsteen has always tried to remain true to his roots. What this autobiography reveals is the heart of the rock star. The Boss is just a man, with his own demons and struggles, searching for living proof and a bit Lord's undying light, just like the rest of us. And perhaps that is why his music connects with his fans.… (more)
ryantlaferney87 | 72 other reviews | Dec 8, 2023 |



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