Springsteen Talks Depression Struggles, New Book & Album w/ Vanity Fair

In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Bruce Springsteen opens up about various topics that he discusses in his soon-to-be-published autobiography, Born to Run, including his issues with depression, which many of us are all too familiar with, but are afraid to talk about.

born-to-runBruce tells the magazine that he often worries that he will wind up struggling with the disorder in a similar way to his father, Doug, who battled mental illness and alcoholism throughout his life.

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

The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also reveals that he underwent some particularly severe bouts of depression not too long ago.

“I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four,” he admits. “Not a good record.”

Springsteen points out in the book that touring tends to elevate his mood, and his most serious struggles take place while he’s at home. He writes that his wife, Patti Scialfa, often will notice if he is battling a dark mood and, if so, “she gets me to the doctors and says, ‘This man needs a pill.'”

Scialfa tells Vanity Fair that while she felt uncomfortable about her husband writing so candidly about his depression in his memoir, she realizes it was therapeutic for him.

“A lot of his work comes from him trying to overcome that part of himself,” she says.

Meanwhile, Springsteen also shares some details about his forthcoming solo album, which he describes as “more of a singer-songwriter kind of record.” He reveals that the album’s sound was inspired by 1960s “pop records with a lot of strings and instrumentation,” like songwriter Jimmy Webb’s collaborations with Glen Campbell.

The Born to Run book hits stores on September 27.


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