Out today (October 26th) is Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama's first joint book, Renegades: Born In The USA. Britain's The Guardian posted excerpts from the tome in which Springsteen talks candidly about the long shadow his late-father, a manic-depressive, Doug Springsteen cast over his life.
Springsteen recalled in the book, “I always remember him complaining that if he hadn’t had a family he would’ve been able to take a certain job and go on the road. It was a missed opportunity. . . So we felt guilt. And that was my entire picture of masculinity until I was way into my 30's, when I began to sort it out myself because I couldn’t establish and hold a relationship. . . I just couldn’t find a life with the information that he’d left me, and I was trying to over and over again.”
He went on to explain how the negative emotions he felt from his father began to shape him: “The thing that happens is: when we can’t get the love we want from the parent we want it from, how do you create the intimacy you need? I can’t get to him and I can’t have him. I’ll be him. That’s what I’ll do. . . . I’m on stage. I’m in workmen’s clothes. I’ve never worked a job in my life. My dad was a beefy, bulky guy. I’ve played freaking guitar my whole life, but I’ve got 20 or 30 extra pounds on me from hitting the gym. Where’d that come from? Why do I spend hours lifting up and putting down heavy things for no particular reason? My entire body of work, everything that I’ve cared about, everything that I’ve written about, draws from his life story.”