Bruce Springsteen fans wait hours in line to see “The Boss” in New York as his new autobiography “Born to Run” hits store shelves. Simon Thompson reports.
Bruce Springsteen greets fans as new memoir is released
Fans waited for hours in a line that reached around a Manhattan city block for a chance to see Bruce Springsteen.
He greeted, hugged and took photographs with fans inside a Barnes & Noble bookstore one day after his hardcover autobiography titled “Born to Run” was published.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMY BELECKAS, SPRINGSTEEN FAN, SAYING:
“I hugged him and I said, ‘Thank you for being who you are.’ And then he thanked me. So he’s a great person.”
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL BELECKAS, SPRINGSTEEN FAN, SAYING:
“I was speechless. I just said, ‘Thanks Boss.'”
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SHELDON KAY, SPRINGSTEEN FAN, SAYING:
“It was a thrill meeting him – big inspiration, big fan.”
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE LASIW, SPRINGSTEEN FAN, SAYING:
“There is it. There’s his signature. I’ve been waiting since 1978 to see this man. It was awesome.”
The new book, which took seven years to write, details how Springsteen’s personal struggles inspired his music.
Springsteen and his E Street band have become one of the most iconic U.S. rock bands in the past 40 years, capturing the dreams and disappointments of ordinary working Americans.
He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, won 20 Grammy awards and an Oscar.