On October 26th is Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama will publish their first joint book, Renegades: Born In The USA. According to the official press release for the book, it features, “A candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders — one black and one white — looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.”
Highlights in the book include:
Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions.
Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches.”
Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career.
Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives.
Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation.
Not too long ago, Bruce Springsteen recalled that the night that Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 stands as one of the most meaningful of his life: “You spend 35 years singing your songs about a place. You see the country drifting further from democratic values, drifting further from a sense of. . . any fair sense of economic justice — and you just keep singing your songs. And then a night comes when after 35 years, something happens that you didn’t think you might see in your lifetime, which is that country, it actually shows its face one night — the election night. You go, ‘I don’t believe it!'”