Bruce Springsteen shared more of his writing process in a new video shared on Tuesday (Sept. 13), in which fans got to hear a snippet of his forthcoming book, Born to Run, read by the rock icon himself.
"Writing prose has its own set of rules," Springsteen says in the clip. "It connects up to your musical rules but you got to create the music without the music. You gotta create momentum purely on the page." Springsteen says that writing a book differs from writing a song in that the songwriter has less time to make his or her point in a few verses.
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"When you are writing musically, you have the guitar you have the rhythm that condenses time and you can say a lot in one line," he says. A book, however, "still has to flow and keep the reader interested."
Springsteen then reads from a chapter about growing up as a child in the Vietnam era, and how the changing landscape of the nation shaped his songwriting. "This was the new lay of the land," he reads. "If I was going to put my characters out on that highway, I was going to have to put all these things in the car with them."
Born to Run comes out Sept. 27. Springsteen will go on a tour to promote it that day.
In other news, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced a tour of Australia and New Zealand to kick off in January.
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Watch the video below:
Bruce Springsteen reads from his autobiography 'Born To Run'
Bruce in his own words.
Posted by Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday, September 13, 2016