By Philip Cosores
Bruce Springsteen‘s discography isn’t exactly full of G-rated subject matter. The title track for Nebraska follows a young couple on a killing spree, “Atlantic City” delves into the world of organized crime, “Streets of Philadelphia” was inspired by (and seemingly about) living with AIDS and “Born in the U.S.A.” deals with the pain of those who lived through (and died in) the Vietnam War.
So, news that The Boss is authoring a children’s book is both a welcome change and a major departure from his typical lyrical themes.
Apparently, along with co-author Frank Caruso, the book was inspired by one of his songs that is appropriate for all-ages (kind of, anyway), “Outlaw Pete.”
Springsteen described the story in a statement as “essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins.” Whatever happened to the Berenstain Bears?
“When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete’ he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” Caruso said in the statement. “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.”
The book will be released by Simon & Schuster on November 4. Caruso handles illustrations for the work.