July 27, 2021

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Barack and Bruce to publish ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’

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Like the podcast of the same name, Renegades: Born in the USA, out worldwide on October 26, will see Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen ruminate on the state of America and their “enduring love” for it, “with all its challenges and contractions”.

Waxing poetic about racism, music and masculinity

The podcast released this year has seen the duo wax poetic on themes, including racism, music and masculinity.

The book will also feature handwritten lyrics from rocker Springsteen along with annotated speeches from former president Obama.

“Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America,” writes Obama, according to an excerpt of the opening pages.

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Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen on ‘parallel journeys’

“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.”

Acquisition of the podcast was a marketing coup for Spotify, which has focused on podcasting as a growth driver since 2019, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars.

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By © Agence France-Presse