M-Net officially turns 30 years old today – celebrating three decades of bringing viewers across the African continent premium TV content

Reeva Steenkamp's best friend finally breaks her silence with beautiful tribute on Instagram

Bruce Springsteen has written children's book

2014-09-01 21:00
Bruce Springsteen

Los Angeles - Bruce Springsteen has penned a children's book based on his music.

The rock icon will write the text for Outlaw Pete, which shares its name with the opening ballad on his 2009 album Working on a Dream, and he has hinted it will be darker than many more traditional stories aimed at kids.

According do The Independent newspaper, he said: "Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins."

The book will be published by Simon & Schuster in November, and their president Jonathan Karp insisted fans of Westerns - both adults and children - will enjoy the story they're telling.

He said: "It's a book for anybody who loves a good Western. It's for readers of all ages. It has an adult sensibility.

"Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life, and like the song, the book is 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 they've done."

Meanwhile, illustrator Frank Caruso - who originally had the idea of taking the song from headphones to the printed page - insisted the character could become one of the literary greats.

He explained: "Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves his way into the fabric of great American literary character."

Read more on:    bruce springsteen  |  books  |  celebrities

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her daughter, Princess Charlotte, has inherited the British royal family's love of horses. Read More »

Prince William and Kate expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome they received from Canadians as they wrapped up their eight-day tour with their young children. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.