Bruce Springsteen: from rocker to children’s book author

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After a directing career launched with the short film “Hunter of Invisible Game”, Bruce Springsteen is writing a children’s book “Outlaw Pete”. Due out on 4 November by Simon & Schuster, the illustrated book by the rock singer, is following in the footsteps of megastars Madonna, David Bowie and Keith Richards who have gone into writing stories for young readers.

Rock singer Bruce Springsteen (photo: Ripitup)

The story is based on Springsteen’s song of the same name (“Working on a dream” album, 2009). “It tells the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen writes. The song and the book were inspired by a children’s book “Brave Cowboy Bill”, that the singer’s mother used to read to him when he was a child.

“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western,” Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, told the New York Times. “Frank Caruso’s illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen’s work,” Karp said.

“When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn’t just write a great song; he created a character,” Caruso, a cartoonist and writer, said. “The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters”.

Here’s the song…listen to it!