Hear Bruce Springsteen Read New 'Born on the Fourth of July' Foreword
Bruce Springsteen has written and read his own foreword to a new audiobook edition of Born on the Fourth of July, Ron Kovic's gripping anti–Vietnam War memoir which served as the basis for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.
The book details Kovic's entering of the Vietnam War as a fierce, pro-war patriot before becoming an outspoken peace activist after an injury paralyzed him and he returned home to a cold reception.
In the foreword, streaming below, Springsteen details how he discovered the book in 1978 – two years after its original publication – and devoured it. Then, by coincidence, he met and befriended Kovic who brought Springsteen to a veterans' center in Venice, California. The experience inspired Springsteen to hold a concert to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and the Mental Health Association in Los Angeles in 1981.
via Rolling Stone