Hear Bruce Springsteen Read New Foreword to War Protest Epic 'Born on the Fourth of July'

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform on May 21, 2016.

The iconic cover, the outdoor summer party vibes -- Born in the U.S.A. is still, after all these years, a quintessential record to break out Fourth of July weekend. But here’s your annual reminder that yes, it was actually meant as a scathing takedown of American imperialism -- Bruce Springsteen has written a new foreword to the anti-war classic Born on the Fourth of July.

A new audiobook edition of Ron Kovic’s 1978 memoir is coming out July 4 and it features the boss' voice at the start. Springsteen actually befriended the author/veteran long before his book was made into a Tom Cruise film in 1989. Below, listen to the Boss read his intro, recounting a chance encounter with Kovic in 1978 just after he’d read the memoir.

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Born on the Fourth of July tells the story of its author’s transition from war hawk to protestor after being paralyzed in Vietnam, and coming home to a lukewarm reception. It’s no coincidence that “Born in The U.S.A.” tells very much the same tale. 

And don’t forget -- Bruce Springsteen’s own autobiography drops Sept. 27