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Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama are teaming up on a book.

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July 22, 2021, 11:49am

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama have written a book based on their podcast conversations, to be published globally by Penguin Random House in partnership with Higher Ground. The book chronicles, as Obama said in the book’s introduction, the men’s “shared sensibility about work, about family, and about America,” and their “parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us so much.”

Renegades: Born in the USA will build on the duo’s conversations on their eight-episode podcast: according to Penguin Random House, readers are “invited to sit along 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.” The book comes in an oversized illustrated format and features handwritten Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches, as well as other archival material. (Like the Rookie Yearbook for adult men.)

Said Springsteen, “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.”

Renegades: Born in the USA comes out on October 26th. If you’re not sold, take a look at the trailer, where Springsteen and Obama call each other “B” and drive a Corvette together:

[h/t Pitchfork]

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