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Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s Podcast to Become a Book

In “Renegades,” a podcast collaboration between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, the previous president acknowledged that it was, at a look, an odd partnership.

“On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common,” he stated. “He’s a white guy from a small town in Jersey; I’m a Black guy of mixed race, born in Hawaii, with a childhood that took me around the world. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll icon. I’m a lawyer and politician — not as cool.”

But they’ve develop into trip buddies and avid collaborators whose podcast — a collection of frank conversations about race, fatherhood, social justice and American identification — grew to become one of many podcasts with probably the most listeners all over the world on Spotify.



Now, they are going to be co-authors of kinds, with the approaching launch of a guide of their conversations. This October, Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a guide adaptation of the podcast. The 320-page guide contains introductions by Obama and Springsteen, greater than 350 photographs and illustrations, and archival materials similar to Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics and Obama’s annotated speeches.

In his introduction, Obama describes how the conversations grew out of “our ongoing effort to figure out how it is that we got here, and how we can tell a more unifying story that starts to close the gap between America’s ideals and its reality.”

As salable guide concepts go, a collaboration between a rock star and a former president appears a certain guess. (Crown is suggesting a listing value of $50 within the United States and $65 in Canada.)

Springsteen’s memoir, “Born to Run,” which was launched by Simon & Schuster in 2016, was a hit, promoting practically half a million hardcover copies in its first few months on sale. Obama’s 2020 memoir, “A Promised Land,” which was revealed by Crown, has bought 8.2 million copies globally, and practically 5 million in North America.

The guide model of “Renegades” additionally marks the most recent launch from the Obamas’ rising media empire. It is being produced in partnership with Higher Ground, the company based by Barack and Michelle Obama, which has struck unique manufacturing offers with Netflix for movie and tv and with Spotify for podcasts. The Obamas bought their memoirs to Crown in 2017 for a record-breaking $65 million. Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” bought greater than 16 million copies globally since its launch in 2018.

Obama and Springsteen obtained to know one another in 2008 whereas Obama was campaigning, and grew to become pals over time. Springsteen carried out on the White House in January 2017, as Obama was getting ready to go away office.

In their podcast conversations, the pair largely targeted on personal tales about their lives and prevented partisan politics, however spoke typically in regards to the pressing want to perceive and handle divisions in American society.

“This is a time of vigilance when who we are is being seriously tested,” Springsteen writes in his introduction to “Renegades.” “Hard conversations about who we are and who we want to become can perhaps serve as a small guiding map for some of our fellow citizens.”


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