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Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen announce new book Renegades inspired by their hit podcast

Renegades: Born in the USA is an eight episode series of conversations, between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music and their enduring love of America despite all its challenges and contradictions. 

First aired in February 2021, the podcast discusses everything from their unlikely friendship, to popular music and their early musical influences and memories and the loss of American innocence in the 1960s. They cover their relationships with their fathers and fatherhood and discuss the hope for American unification.

Inspired by their hit podcast, the beloved president and a rock 'n roll icon have today announced the impending publication of a book to complement the series.

In this sumptuous volume the two long-time friends share stories both personal and political in this stunningly produced book boasting hundreds of exclusive photographs, exclusive bonus content and never-seen-before archive material.

Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one black and one white. In the opening pages of the book, Obama writes: "Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America."

It includes:

  • Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
  • Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
  • Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches
  • Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
  • Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives

Renegades: Born in the USA is published by Penguin Random House on Tuesday 26 October and is available to pre-order now. It is firmly on our wish list!

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