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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen will publish an autobiography in September that he promises will show readers how his personal struggles inspired his music, including his classic 1975 hit “Born to Run.”

Springsteen, 66, has been working on the autobiography, called Born to Run, for seven years, publishers Simon & Schuster said on Thursday. It will be published worldwide on Sept. 27.

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen writes in the book, according to Thursday’s announcement.

“But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this,” he added.

The book will recount Springsteen’s drive to become a musician and why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than fans previously realized, Simon & Schuster said.

New Jersey-born Springsteen and his E Street band have become one of the most iconic U.S. rock bands in the past 40 years, releasing music like “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Glory Days” that capture the dreams and disappointments of ordinary working Americans.

He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, won 20 Grammy awards, an Oscar, and is currently on a U.S. tour performing songs from his re-released 1980 double album The River.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Photo: Bruce Springsteen performs with U2 during a surprise concert in support of World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York, December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.