Read Bruce Springsteen's Foreword to His Autobiography 'Born to Run'

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Bruce Springsteen performing on stage during his Born to Run Tour. 

Bruce Springsteen is giving fans an early glimpse into his forthcoming autobiography, Born to Run.

Springsteen shared the foreword to the book -- due on Sept. 27 -- on his website today (Aug. 16).

The opening lines begin with a bit of embellishment, with the musician writing that he hails from a “boardwalk town,” aka Asbury Park, New Jersey (Springsteen grew up inland in Freehold).

“I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud," he writes. "So am I. By 20, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who 'lie' in service of the truth … artists, with a small 'a.' But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to tell."

That “lie,” he maintains, is the artist’s “magic trick” to create what he calls an “elusive, never completely believable ‘us.’”

He also includes a “Rock ‘N’ Roll” survival kit, which includes "fame? ... love? ... admiration? ... attention? ... women? ... sex? ... and oh, yeah . .. a buck."

“Then...if you want to take it all the way out to the end of the night, a furious fire in the hole that just … don't … quit … burning,” he writes.

Born to Run is now available for pre-order.

The book will be accompanied by the album Chapter and Verse. To order, click here




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