There are artists who shine briefly and fade away. Only a few people in the world are made of steel. Bruce Springsteen is one of them. When you see him on stage with a guitar, You know that this guy is created by God to play and sing. But his book Born to Run proves that he can also write well.
When one friend invited me to the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Paris Bercy Arena I supposed that it will be a great event but didn’t know what exactly awaits me.
There were some things that were not planned. For example the concert was suddenly interrupted by a huge power outage. Alarms went off. Then announcements in five languages issued an evacuation order from the concert hall. Nobody from 18.000 fans of the Boss left. The band kept playing without amps. While the technicians try behind the scene to resolve the problem. The Boss whole wet with sweat began to sign autographs and waving the sign on his back “5 minutes” in order to wait in the crowd delirium.
With the power re-set and amps restored, he played “Dancing in the Dark”. Total show time was 3hrs 45 minutes. I saw a few good concerts in my life but something like this never before. Since this time I was wondered how he is able literally give everything as if this concert was going to be his last and repeat the same thing the next day.
The answer to this question I found in a recently published book Born to run. The rockman found time between the concerts and described his life in five hundred pages! It took him seven years. Don’t be afraid of the volume. This is a book which you read in one breath.
For the first time the Boss describes the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows. Also, why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.Even if :
Writing about yourself is a funny business, The Boss 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.
He managed this attempt wonderful. You should read this book. Like songs of Springsteen you have to listen. To understand something simple about what we forget. If You will work hard You will fulfill your dreams. No matter who you want to be: a rock star or a writer. Bruce Springsteen decided that he will take a life of music, when – the age of seven – he saw Elvis Presley in TV . From now on he systematically sought to achieve this dream.
Six years later, mother bought him first electric guitar, which henceforth Springsteen created his first songs. The Boss sincerely write also about his depression and a difficult relationship with his father.
Bruce Springsteen writes like he is playing and singing : frankly. It’s precisely composed on the phenomenon The Boss as an artist and as a human.So there are several good reasons to read ,, Born to run,, apart from the most important thing : To find out how simple boy from New Jersey changed history of the music and now, after dozens of years on the stage became a equally good writer as a musician.