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 turn out to be trip buddies and avid collaborators whose podcast — a sequence of frank conversations about race, fatherhood, social justice and American id — grew to become one of many podcasts with probably the most listeners around the globe on Spotify.
Now, they are going to be co-authors of kinds, with the approaching launch of a ebook of their conversations. This October, Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a ebook adaptation of the podcast. The 320-page ebook consists of 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 ebook concepts go, a collaboration between a rock star and a former president appears a certain wager. (Crown is suggesting a listing worth 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 printed by Crown, has offered eight.2 million copies globally, and practically 5 million in North America.
The ebook 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 corporate 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 offered their memoirs to Crown in 2017 for a record-breaking $65 million. Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” offered greater than 16 million copies globally since its launch in 2018.
Obama and Springsteen bought to know one another in 2008 whereas Obama was campaigning, and grew to become associates over time. Springsteen carried out on the White House in January 2017, as Obama was getting ready to depart workplace.
In their podcast conversations, the pair largely centered on private tales about their lives and averted partisan politics, however spoke usually in regards to the pressing want to perceive and tackle 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.”