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Bruce Springsteen meeting fans at book signing at Free Library of Philadelphia on Sept. 29

Bruce Springsteen meeting fans at book signing at Free Library of Philadelphia on Sept. 29
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From a press release:

Bruce Springsteen is the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll. For his body of work, he has earned 20 Grammys, two Golden Globes, an Oscar, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A seven-year labor of love, his autobiography, “Born to Run,” is written with the same tender, raw, and wise intensity of Springsteen’s greatest songs.

The Boss will be making several special appearances this September and October to celebrate the release of the book (available everywhere on Tuesday, Sept. 27), including a stop at the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St., Philadelphia) on Friday, Sept. 29.

Tickets, which are $33 and include a pre-signed copy of the book, go on sale this Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. and must be purchased online through the library. Two tickets are the maximum allowed per purchase.

The line to enter will form at 10:30 a.m. on Vine Street. Springsteen will not be signing memorabilia, albums, DVDs, etc., but fans should have their cell phones or cameras ready for a selfie or posed picture.

Springsteen has been privately writing the autobiography over the past seven years. He began work in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s halftime show.

In “Born to Run,” Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen notes in his book. “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.”

“This is the book we’ve been hoping for,” said Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster. “Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”

Simon & Schuster previously published Springsteen’s illustrated children’s book with Frank Caruso, “Outlaw Pete,” in 2014.

For more details on the Philly event, visit or the Facebook event page.

Springsteen will also be appearing on Sept. 27 at Barnes & Noble in his hometown of Freehold and Sept. 28 at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City.