WE READ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S MEMOIR SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO
All right I get it. It’s been a minute since anyone's mentioned Bruce Springsteen, but I am all about hot dudes and just, mere minutes ago, I finished reading his autobiography. By his, I mean Bruce; by reading, I mean listening on audio.
Born to Run is almost 80 chapters over 18 hours. Needless to say, I learned a fuck ton about Springsteen by Springsteen himself since he narrates the audiobook. Would I recommend it? Yes. Did I love it? Sure did. Is it fascinating? Well, no.
In a completely Bruce style, the story is about a downtrodden young kid with one dream - to break out of his hometown and be free. In this case, freedom lays in the power of making music and having control over the art you make.
If I were his editor, I would have broken it down real easy and it would have been a quarter as long:
Long hair teen Bruce decides to become a rockstar
Teaches himself to do everything and is real poor but constantly driven
Meets some friends
Cuts his hair
Becomes a rock star and makes millions of dollars and plays all over the world
Eats an egg mcmuffin with his schizophrenic dad and comes to terms with the very unstable relationship he’s had with him
Continues to be a rockstar making millions of dollars and plays all over the world
Finds love of his life, marriage, kids, blah blah blah
Continues to be a rockstar making millions of dollars and plays all over the world, but now he’s so old he’s starting to get honors from the music industry
Clarence Clemons dies
Bruce cries a lot
The book is epic and spans almost his whole 69 years of his life and I ate up every last throaty Springsteeny bit of it. I think I could listen to him talk forever because it helps me with my fantasy of us being in the same room, holding hands. Me, wearing nothing but an oversized worn tshirt he gave me. Me, suddenly 100 lbs lighter so I can sit on his lap without feeling self conscious. Me, sliding my hands around his neck blushing and saying, “Tell me again how much you want me, Boss.”
The book was very much reflective of the author and here’s what I really learned:
Trust your instincts about your life and what you want
Stay focused on your work, not the bullshit
Find your boundaries and make sure everyone knows
Take care of your body - hahahhahahahahaha!
If you are lucky enough to be in a position of power, use it for good
RAISE YOUR PEOPLE UP WITH YOU
Men are sad because they don’t get boners after 60, regardless of the rock n roll badassness
In the past few years, I have seen many of my favorite music artists die back to back, most recently, Ms. Aretha Franklin. It leaves me broken and devastated, confused, and fearful of my own death. Bruce stayed away from a lot of the drugs, crazy drinking habits, and risky behavior that other rock n rollers could not resist. “The exit in a blaze of glory is bullshit,” he says and is still here to backup that truth, unlike many of his peers.
It’s exciting to know that he’s still out here being so goddamn rock n roll all the time. In a sea of synthetic pop music where the masses lap at being sold a mass produced rhythm pattern, there’s still Bruce. He’s listening, watching, collecting stories for those that are ignored. If you need an example, listen to American Skin (41 shots) about a murder of a young black man by police in 2000! He premiered it at a concert in Atlanta to the dismay of the police department, not only there, but in every other city he played after. It was so upsetting to the boys in blue, that in one city, they refused to escort the band out of the stadium. USE YOUR POWER FOR GOOD and Bruce does.
He’s also really fucking hot still. He’s 69 and look at his bod. I mean COME ON, GET IN MY BADLANDS and I’ll show you The River.