Bruce Springsteen Introduces his Autobiography Born to Run Transcript
I started in 2009. If we played the Superbowl I wrote the little essay for the website. I felt like I found a good voice to write in, really. So maybe I’ll try to write a little bit more in that voice and see where it takes me and I didn’t have any idea whether it was going to be a book or something else, maybe just something for the kids.
So I just started with back to what I felt was the beginning and slowly started to write and I think after two or three weeks I had a little bit of something that I could look at and say ‘hm that’s, that feels pretty workable.’ Then after that I wrote intermittently for seven years. There was no rush. Mainly I was just trying to write as well as I could and having all that time to do it kinda gave me a chance to come back to it fresh.
Even from my original manuscript everything was rewritten two or three times. Very similar to the song writing process in that you write down your first thoughts, which is a blueprint and you see if you have something that’s, that can be worked on. And then I’ll go back and I’ll get into each verse and I’ll rewrite it and so the book was very similar to that.
There were sections that kinda just came flying out and the hardest part was the third book where you had to write about the present cos you saw people you’re living with in your life today and that was the most challenging part of the book I found. I think writing about stuff that was in the past, you just felt like you had a lot of freedom there. Once again you had to find the right voice write with.