Bruce Springsteen wanted to ‘dent’ halo in autobiography

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen (Image credit: Getty)

Bruce Springsteen says he wanted to put a “dent” in the public’s perception of him in his Born To Run autobiography

It was published late last month, with The Boss previously revealing in its pages that he was left “crushed” after his battle with depression.

And while Springsteen is known for his philanthropy and standing up for people’s rights, he admits he’s always been “annoyed” at his ‘good guy’ image – and he wanted to put the record straight in the book.

He tells Rolling Stone: “Yeah, that part of my thing has always annoyed me. It’s too much, you know? So any dent in it I can make, I’m pleased to do.

“It wasn’t something I was intent on doing – it was just writing about a life, and all of its many aspects.

“But I also decided that it was a book about my music first, and about my life kind of secondarily. If I didn’t want to write about something, I didn’t write about it. I didn’t have any rules, except I wanted what was in the book to relate back to my music.

“So the revelations I made about my family or my own inner workings, I felt that could be central to understanding where some of my music came from. I didn’t write all about myself. Plenty of things, I held back.”

Born To Run has been a huge success in the week since its release, and has hit the top spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list. It’s also reached the no.1 spot in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Austria and Sweden.

Springsteen launched an audio companion to Born To Run last month in the shape of Chapter And Verse.

How Bruce Springsteen stood strong and helped America heal after 9/11

Bruce Springsteen Quiz

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.