WE HAVE READ – In his first book that looks back on his life and his career, the herald of the american rock is revealed in all its fragility and its vulnerability.
The book is called “Born to Run” (ed Albin Michel). How could it be otherwise as the song has led to Bruce Springsteen in a glory, so suddenly that burst? It was in 1975. This mixed blood, Italian on his mother’s side, irish from his father, was a Time and Newsweek in the same week, covered by this declaration panegyric: “I have seen the future of rock’n’roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen.” The author of this sentence, Jon Landau, will abandon even his profession as a journalist rock to become manager of the singer and guitarist.
that Started when he had just celebrated his 60 years, the writing of the memoirs of the Boss has passed on almost seven years. The man insisted to write the text itself, without the use of practice to a “ghostwriter”, as do the majority of his fellow rockers, with the notable exception of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Neil Young.
The language is simple, direct and concise, even though the book spans 508 pages in the original version, and 621 in the language of Molière. Very discreet in the media, short interviews with the press, Springsteen was in a better position than anyone else to tell his story. He returned with frankness in his early childhood poor with a father’s depressive and an alcoholic, his debut in the 1960s, his thirst for success and management success. As many episodes known in which the musician brings a perspective due to his experience.
What we didn’t know, and that reveals the book on many pages, it is up to what point the human is crippled with doubts and with an extreme sensitivity. Behind the big arm and the hymns of the stages lies a vulnerable man. A star, a multimillionaire, surrounded by a loving family in a state of depression as soon as the clamor of the crowd is stilled. A modest type at the extreme, bullied student to find themselves playing the guitar between his idols, Mick Jagger and George Harrison.
The experience of psychotherapy – Springsteen is followed for 25 years – shines through in the pages. The man apologized for being bad with his first wife, finely analyzes its conflicting relationship with his father and dissects the chausse-trapes of the celebrity with a good discernment.
He pulls out a portrait very touching of an artist who admits to not much liking his voice, and estimate poor guitarist, but recognizes that the stage gives him such a pleasure that it is difficult to get off. Which explains his penchant for concerts-rivers.