Bruce Springsteen has written his first children’s book about bank-robber Outlaw Pete and it was inspired by memories of 1950s children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill which his mother read to him as a child.
It’s an illustrated cowboy story for youngsters about a bank-robber “trying to outrun his sins”. Pete, based on an eight-minute ballad from his Working on a Dream album, will be published by Simon & Schuster in November.
Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster’s president says the story will appeal to adults too“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western. It’s for readers of all ages,” he said. “It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. “Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.” Springsteen has also been working on an autobiography
Madonna, Sting and Sir Paul McCartney have also written kids’ books in the past but Springsteen’s is going to be ‘grittier.’
“The Boss” does face competition in the shape of another ‘older’, Keith Richards. The Rolling Stone publishes a picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar in the next few weeks.