Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama released RENEGADES: Born in the USA globally today. The book features a collection of candid, intimate, and entertaining conversations between President Obama and Bruce.
RENEGADES: Born in the USA chronicles the conversations Obama and Springsteen began in Spotify’s co-produced podcast of the same name, which is one of the most internationally listened-to podcasts on the Spotify platform. During these intimate conversations, they share exclusive stories and ruminations about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions. Published in an oversized, fully illustrated format, RENEGADES also features rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal collections and never-before-seen archival material, including Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics and Obama’s annotated speeches, offering a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—who have helped shape the American story.
Over a number of days, President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen sat down to talk. From disparate backgrounds and lived experiences, they would seem to have little in common. But as President Obama shares in the opening pages of RENEGADES:
“Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
In RENEGADES: Born in the USA, readers are invited to sit alongside these two longtime friends, in a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars and during at least one Corvette ride, as they discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home, some of the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and music. . . . They talk a lot about music.
Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity.
As Springsteen shares in his introduction to RENEGADES:
“There were serious conversations about the fate of the country, the fortune of its citizens, and the destructive, ugly, corrupt forces at play that would like to take it all down. This is a time of vigilance when who we are is being seriously tested. Hard conversations about who we are and who we want to become can perhaps serve as a small guiding map for some of our fellow citizens. . . . This is a time for serious consideration of who we want to be and what kind of country we will leave our children. Will we let slip through our hands the best of us or will we turn united to face the fire? Within this book you won’t find the answers to those questions, but you will find a couple of seekers doing their best to get us to ask better questions.”
And as President Obama writes, “the conversations Bruce and I had in 2020 feel as urgent today as they did back then. They represent our ongoing effort to figure out how it is that we got here, and how we can tell a more unifying story that starts to close the gap between America’s ideals and its reality.”
See more about the book and order now at renegadesbook.com.
Danny Federici was forced to leave the E Street Band in late 2007 to receive treatment for melanoma that would eventually claim his life. But on an emotional night the following March, Phantom Dan returned to the stage one last time to sit in with his blood brothers. Indianapolis 2008 showcases the late, great Danny Federici on “The Promised Land,” “Spirit In The Night,” “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Backstreets,” “Kitty’s Back,” “Born To Run,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “American Land.” The Indy set also features “Night,” “Radio Nowhere,” “Prove It All Night” and the tour debut of “Rendezvous.” 2nu.gs/BruceIndy2008
“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts,” a Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band film featuring ten never-before released performances from the Madison Square Garden MUSE benefit concerts, and full footage of the band’s entire setlist, will be released worldwide for the first time. Edited by Bruce’s longtime collaborator Thom Zimny from the original 16mm film alongside remixed audio from Bob Clearmountain, “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” represent the highest quality and best recorded Bruce performances from an explosive, ascendant and rarely-filmed era of the E Street Band. The film will be released in HD on physical formats November 19, including on two CD with DVD, two CD with Blu-Ray and two LP formats. It will be available globally in HD for digital download on November 16 and digital rental on November 23.
Watch “The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” trailer here: https://youtu.be/HUO41TDicD0
Pre-order the film and live album here: brucespringsteen.lnk.to/NoNukes
A composite of two performances captured during the multi-day ‘No Nukes’ concerts, the film packs the intensity of a marathon show into a crackling 90 minute run-time. Among the highlights are then-unreleased versions of “The River” and “Sherry Darling,” live staples “Badlands,” “Born To Run” and “Thunder Road,” plus covers of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and a version of Maurice Williams’ “Stay” featuring special guests Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler.
“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” Setlist
1. Prove It All Night
3. The Promised Land
4. The River
5. Sherry Darling
6. Thunder Road
8. Rosalita Come Out Tonight
9. Born To Run
11. Detroit Medley
12. Quarter To Three
13. Rave On
Musicians United For Safe Energy, Inc. (MUSE) is a 501c3 organization founded in 1979 by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and John Hall. MUSE is dedicated to supporting groups worldwide, working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy. www.musiciansunited4safeenergy.com