Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: Books That Shaped His Mind and Music

by Rachel Baker on November 10, 2014

I have recently decided I like looking at these lists. I like to compare the reading lists of my favorite icons. Interestingly, Stephen King and Bruce Springsteen have similar lists. What I want to really know, though, is what is it about a book that resulted in it being a top (in this case) 28 favorite book.

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Joining the previously published reading lists of notable luminaries — including those of Leo Tolstoy, Carl Sagan, Alan Turing, Nick Cave, David Bowie, and Brian Eno — is singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, one of the most influential and celebrated musicians of the twentieth century, and the recipient of twenty Grammy Awards. In a recent New York Times interview, marking the release of his charming picture-book Outlaw Pete (public library), Springsteen shares the books that shaped his music and his mind, from poetry to philosophy to children’s books — an eclectic reading list spanning numerous genres and sensibilities, life stages and moods. (Favorite childhood book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; last book that made him laugh: Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land; last book that made him cry: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road).

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