Bruce Springsteen opens up about his battle with depression

The Boss' autobiography 'Born To Run' is out later this month

Bruce Springsteen has opened up about his battle with depression.

The veteran singer-songwriter is due to release his autobiography Born To Run on September 27.

In it, he talks about his battles with depression and his relationship with his father.


“One of the points I’m making in the book is that, whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it (depression) never leaves you,” Springsteen said. “I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?”

“You don’t know the illness’s parameters. Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?”

Springsteen also revealed that he underwent surgery three years ago to address a chronic numbness in his left side that was hindering his guitar playing.

He said he had to get his throat cut open and vocal cords temporarily tied off to the side so that doctors could insert replacement disks. He couldn’t sing for three months after the procedure.

“A little nerve-racking,” Springsteen said of his surgery. “But it’s been very successful for me.”


The Boss also said he hopes to release a new album in 2017. He said the LP – which will be his first of all new material since 2012’s Wrecking Ball – is finished, but was shelved so that he could focus on touring and writing. 

“It’s a solo record, more of a singer-songwriter kind of record,” he told Vanity Fair. “Pop records with a lot of strings and instrumentation. So the record is somewhat in that vein.”

The book will be accompanied by an album, ‘Chapter And Verse’, that features 18 songs chosen by Springsteen that reflect the themes and sections of the book. The LP will also feature five previously unreleased songs.