Bruce Springsteen war schon als Kind von Cowboygeschichten und -filmen begeistert. Seine Liebe reicht über alte John Ford Filme, über mexikanische Musik bis zur indianischen Kunst.
Auf Bruce Springsteens 16. Studioalbum
“Working on a Dream” (2009) veröffentlichte er den Song “Outlaw Pete”, der von einem Gesetzlosen erzählt, der bereits als Baby auf die schiefe Bahn geriet.
Bruce Springsteen und hat nun mit dem amerikanischen Illustrator Frank Caruso die Geschichte zu einem Comic verarbeitet. Das 56 Seiten umfassende Comicbuch erschien am 4. November 2014 im Simon & Schuster Verlag.

Die offizielle Pressemeldung vom 28 August 2014:

Simon & Schuster announced today a major new book coming November 4, 2014: Outlaw Pete by Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso, based on the celebrated song about a bank-robbing baby whose exploits become a meditation on sin, fate, and free will.

Both the song (from Springsteen’s 2009 Working on a Dream album) and the new book Outlaw Pete were inspired by a children’s book, Brave Cowboy Bill (Simon & Schuster, 1950), which Bruce Springsteen’s mother used to read to him as a child. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen writes.

Frank Caruso, a cartoonist and writer, conceived of making the song into a book and created the illustrations to accompany Springsteen’s lyrics. “When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete’ he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” Caruso said. “The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters. "

Dave Marsh schreibt (Quelle: Amazon):

When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce’s Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he’s learned as a man and a rock ’n’ roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written—rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It’s an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack.

Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen’s blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they’re also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central.

Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared. But I’m not trying to start anything, so buy it, don’t steal it, OK? —Dave Marsh“.

Das Comicbuch:

ISBN-10: 1501103857
Simon & Schuster
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: Gebundene Ausgabe, 56 Seiten
Grösse: 29,2 x 24,8 cm
Sonstiges: Das Comicbuch ist auch als Apple iBook und Kindle iBook verfügbar