“MANIC MONDAY MUSIC NEWS” By Scott Rossi
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TOP 40/POP NEWS: Bruce Springsteen Set To Release His First Children’s Book, Outlaw Pete, And Reveals His Literary Influences!
November 4th will see the release of Bruce Springsteen’s first children’s book titled, Outlaw Pete, named after his song by the same name from his Working on a Dream album.
Springsteen’s literary tastes are varied, as we learn according to an interview he had with the New York Times, the E Street rocker’s bookshelves are filled with various books from, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s autobiography.
“I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I never read any of them until the past four years, and found them to be thoroughly psychologically modern,” Springsteen said. As for his current favorites, the rocker lists authors Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy and Philip Roth, a fellow New Jersey native.
Springsteen says of his book, “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” which is heavy material considering it’s a children’s book, though the main character is a bank-robbing baby. The story will also include memorable personalities from throughout the Springsteen songbook.
According to Springsteen’s interview with the New York Times, he wrote his 1995 single “The Ghost of Tom Joad” before he even had the chance to read author John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the novel which features the character of Joad. Apparently, Springsteen was first inspired by both Woody Guthrie’s “The Ballad of Tom Joad” and director John Ford’s cinematic adaptation of the Steinbeck book, rather than the Steinbeck novel.
“As far as memoirs, it’s hard to beat Keith Richards’ love of music that shines through in Life,” he said. “I also found Eric Clapton’s autobiography to be surprisingly revealing and very moving. Of course I loved Bob Dylan’s Chronicles. It made me proud to be a musician.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-books-authors-20141031#ixzz3Hjfq9fUH
Guess who else writes children’s books? Check out DeeJay Shelly’s Interview with Self Published Local Authors Madeleine Wilson and L. Ann Price. We support local artists!
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