Bruce Springsteen has sold millions of records, but can he sell millions of books? That’s the big question, since Simon & Schuster was rumored to pay $10 million for world rights to Born to Run, Springsteen’s memoir, which will be released across the globe on September 27. The book, according to an S&S statement, will cover the “poetry, danger, and darkness” of Springsteen’s New Jersey childhood, as well as his rise to massive stardom.
His book will join a crowded field of musician memoirs, and even though they almost always sell well, some do much better than others. Here’s a look at how some of the competition has fared, based on sales of print units from Nielsen BookScan.
Hardcover sales, first year of publication
Waging Heavy Peace
Who I Am
Last Year’s Model
Release-to-date hardcover sales of recently published memoirs
It’s a Long Story
Boys in the Trees
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
Girl in a Band