Bruce Springsteen to Release Book Based on ‘Outlaw Pete’
Last month, Bruce Springsteen turned heads when he unvelied a short film he co-directed based on his song 'Hunter of Invisible Game.' Now, he's taken another of his songs, 'Outlaw Pete,' and turned it into a book, which will be available on Nov. 4.
Described as a "picture book for adults" in Simon & Schuster's press release, 'Outlaw Pete' is illustrated by cartoonist Frank Caruso, who says of the song, "When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."
Springsteen's inspiration for the song, a spaghetti Western-style epic about a kid who “at six months old [had] done three months in jail” and follows his life story, came from 'Brave Cowboy Bill,' a story his mother read to him as a child. "'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," Springsteen notes.
'Outlaw Pete' kicked off Springsteen's 2009 chart-topper, 'Working on a Dream.' It was performed at 72 of 83 concerts on the world tour in support of that record, but has not been played since.