Born to Read

There are various ways to obtain music you love—records, CDs, and lots of things online—and various ways to obtain books. There are bookstores, libraries, Kindle books, audio books, and—well, you probably know this already. For me, if a book is one I think I’ll love and want to keep forever, a classic hardcover edition will be what I want. I did get a hardcover copy of Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s wonderful autobiography.

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Occasionally a book is even better than I expect it to be, and this is one of those “better” books. If you’re interested in knowing about Bruce Springsteen’s family members and how and where they lived, read this book. If you’re curious about how Bruce became a musician and wrote songs, read this book. If you want to know what the world was like—especially the USA—back in the 1960s and 1970s, read this book!

Honestly, there’s so much I could say about this autobiography that I’m not sure where to start. It’s written well, and if you’re familiar with Springsteen’s music, you’d probably be able to tell who wrote this book even if you just saw a paragraph somewhere.

There was something I didn’t expect that I enjoyed very much: some of the things Springsteen wrote about not only reminded me of earlier times; it was like they took me personally back to those times. I started remembering things I haven’t thought about in ages. There was a girl in my college, for example, who said she was from New Jersey not only knew Bruce, but one of his songs was about her. I remembered taking my daughter, who was about 5 years old, to the “Born in the USA” tour in Syracuse, and what that very cold, wintery night was like.

Then there were things I don’t have to remember, because I still do them—like dancing and singing along with Bruce and his band when there’s a song on TV or the radio.

I’ve had a couple of friends tell me that they’ve read the book twice already, and I’m thinking about doing that (an interesting possibility, since I never—well, almost never—read anything twice!).

But the most important thing I have to do is thank Bruce Springsteen for his book, and especially his music. And thanks to my daughter as well—for going to see him with me years ago, and getting me this book.

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