SUMMARY: Bruce Springsteen has been an American icon for decades, a working-class rock ‘n' roll hero whose songs speak to millions of devoted fans. Now he's telling his own story, looking back at his young, struggling and once little-known self. Springsteen sits down with Jeffrey Brown in a special two-part interview to discuss his new memoir, “Born to Run,” and more.
JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour): He was proclaimed rock's next big thing in 1975, and he became the real thing with albums like “Born to Run,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “Born in the USA,” and many more.
Now Bruce Springsteen tells his own story in a memoir.
Jeffrey Brown paid him a visit to hear first-hand.
JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour): In his new memoir, Bruce Springsteen looks back at his young, struggling and then little known self and writes: “I wasn't modest in the assessment of my abilities. Of course, I thought I was a phony. That is the way of the artist. But I also thought I was the realest thing you had ever seen.”
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: That's right. Most artists I know consider themselves to be phonies, along with the feeling that there's something that you're doing is essential, essential to communicate, and deeply, deeply real.
JEFFREY BROWN: Springsteen has been rocking his way through marathon, arena-sized concerts for decades, a kind of working-class rock ‘n' roll hero to millions of devoted fans.
In the recording studio he built at this rural New Jersey home, we talked about becoming Bruce Springsteen, the story he tells in his book, “Born to Run.”
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: It was a very different type of writing from songwriting.
JEFFREY BROWN: In what way?
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A pop song is a condensed version of a life in three minutes, whereas, when you go to write your prose, you have to find the rhythm in your words, and you have to find the rhythm in the voice that you have found and the way you're speaking.
JEFFREY BROWN: What about that voice, though? Because in songs — I think of writers I have talked to, or poets, and there's always the question of, how much of that is you?
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: I would say, in your memoir, it's you.
I think that, when you're writing your songs, there's always a debate about whether, is that you in the song? Is it not you in the song?
"Part 2 — The music is medicine for Bruce Springsteen" PBS NewsHour 12/20/2016
SUMMARY: Bruce Springsteen finds a calm, safe place when he’s on stage. In the second part of our special interview with the legendary rock ‘n’ roller, Jeffrey Brown sits down with Springsteen to discuss the books that shaped him, how he’s coped with depression and how Americans can start to heal political divides.