Bruce Springsteen Sums Up 30-Year Depression Battle with Car Metaphor

Written by Jayme Deerwester on September 7, 2016

Originally article published on USA Today

If you’ve ever struggled with how to explain chronic depression to those without firsthand knowledge of the illness, Bruce Springsteen has an explanation. And it couldn’t sound more Springsteen-y if he tried.nyc

“One of the points I’m making in the book is that, whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it never leaves you,” he says in Vanity Fair‘s October cover story. “I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?”

He’s referring to his memoir Born to Run, due out on Sept. 27, just four days after he turns 67.

The problem for Springsteen is that he had to wrestle for control of the wheel with the version of himself that was torn up about his relationship with his father Doug, who had a family history of mental illness.

 

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