February 12, 2016
Bruce Springsteen gets $10 million for upcoming born-to-runaway bestseller
by Chad Felix
In 2009, following his performance at Super Bowl XLIII, noted blue collar-er Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen sat down to begin writing his autobiography. This year, on September 27th, Simon & Schuster will publish the work as Born to Run.
In the press release announcing the book (according to the Chicago Tribune), Springsteen notes that:
Writing about yourself is a funny business. But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.
According to PageSix, Simon & Schuster paid a whopping $10 million to acquire the book. But that’s okay, S&S publisher Jonathan Karp notes that because “[Born to Run] is the book we’ve been hoping for…Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his song.”
Born to Run covers the musician’s New Jersey childhood, his early days as a musician, and the formation of his famous E Street Band. Additionally, the book promises to reveal some of the real world experiences that inspired many of Springsteen’s most famous songs.
Unsurprisingly, the completion of the book has received tons of attention, and not just in the United States. In fact, international rights have already been sold in nine other countries: France (Editions Albin Michel), Italy (Mondadori), Germany (Heyne), Sweden (Natur & Kultur), the Netherlands (Spectrum), Denmark (Politikens), Norway (Cappelen Damn), Finald (Otava), and Spain (Penguin Random Spain).
Chad Felix is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House, and a former bookseller.