Born to Run (autobiography)

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Born to Run
AuthorBruce Springsteen
CountryUnited States
GenreAutobiography, memoir
PublishedSimon & Schuster
Publication date
September 27, 2016 (book), December 6, 2016 (audiobook)

Born to Run is an autobiography of American songwriter-musician Bruce Springsteen that was released on September 27, 2016 (the audiobook, narrated by Springsteen, was released on December 6, 2016).[1] The title is named after Springsteen's iconic 1975 album and song Born to Run. The book is a companion piece to Chapter and Verse, a career-spanning album featuring songs from all stages of Springsteen's career that was released four days before the book.[2][3] On the date of the book's release, Springsteen embarked on a nine-date book tour in the United States.[4] The book has received critical acclaim.[5]


The book's release was officially announced on August 25, 2016.

Book tour[edit]

Springsteen embarked on a nine-date book tour which started on September 27, 2016, and concluded on October 10, 2016. The book tour then made its way to the United Kingdom and Germany in late October for two appearances. On October 27, Springsteen hosted another book-signing event in Toronto, Canada, before interrupting the tour to take part in the annual Stand Up For Heroes concert, to appear in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The tour resumed with a five-date North American leg, which was announced on November 21, 2016.[6] This tour began in Chicago on November 28, 2016, and concluded in Kennesaw, Georgia on December 2.

All events required fans to purchase a pre-signed copy of Springsteen's book. The free tickets for the book store appearances much like his shows were sold out in minutes. Two of the appearances, October 5 in San Francisco and October 7 in New York City featured interviews only with Springsteen and were conducted by Dan Stone and David Remnick. Springsteen also made appearances on CBS Sunday Morning on September 18, 2016, and on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on September 23, 2016 (Springsteen's 67th birthday), to promote the book.

Springsteen on Broadway[edit]

Springsteen performed an eight-week run in New York City from October–November 2017 titled Springsteen on Broadway where he performed his music, read from Born to Run, and performed other spoken reminiscences written for the show. The run was extended through December 15, 2018.[7]

Date City Country Venue
North America
September 27, 2016 Freehold United States Barnes & Noble
September 28, 2016 New York Barnes & Noble Union Square
September 29, 2016 Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia
October 1, 2016 Seattle Elliot Bay Book Company
October 3, 2016 Los Angeles Barnes & Noble at The Grove
October 4, 2016 Portland Powell's City of Books
October 5, 2016 San Francisco City Arts & Lectures
October 7, 2016 New York The New Yorker Festival
October 10, 2016 Cambridge The Harvard Coop
October 17, 2016 London United Kingdom Waterstones Piccadilly
October 20, 2016 Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt Book Fair
North America
October 27, 2016 Toronto Canada Indigo Books and Music
November 28, 2016 Chicago United States Books-A-Million
November 29, 2016 Cincinnati Joseph-Beth Booksellers
November 30, 2016 Denver Tattered Cover
December 1, 2016 Austin Book People
December 2, 2016 Kennesaw 2nd & Charles


In November 2017, Springsteen was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.[8] In 2018 Born to Run won Best Autobiography/Memoir at the 2018 Audie Awards.[9]


  1. ^ "Born to Run Audio".
  2. ^ "Born To Run autobiography coming Sept. 27 - The Official Bruce Springsteen Website". 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  3. ^ "Companion album to Bruce Springsteen's autobiography includes 5 unreleased tracks - The Official Bruce Springsteen Website". 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  4. ^ "Born To Run appearances - The Official Bruce Springsteen Website". 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  5. ^ "All Bookmarks reviews of Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen".
  6. ^ Angermiller, Michele Amabile (November 21, 2016). "Bruce Springsteen Adds More Book Signing Dates". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Reed, Ryan (March 21, 2018). "Bruce Springsteen Extends Broadway Run Through December 2018". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Rodman, Sarah (November 28, 2017). "Carrie Fisher nets Grammy nod in spoken-word category, faces off with Springsteen and Bernie Sanders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-03. Retrieved 2018-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)