When fans listened to Bruce Springsteen croon “Outlaw Pete” in concert wearing a cowboy hat and echoing old-time Westerns in melody and memory, no one would have guessed where one of Springsteen’s most unique characters would turn up next.
Earlier this week Simon and Schuster announced it will publish a new children’s picture book, “Outlaw Pete,” on Nov. 4. Authored by none other than rock legend Springsteen, the book is illustrated by Frank Caruso.
Born bad, Outlaw Pete came to life on Springsteen’s “Working on a Dream” album in a song about a bank-robbing baby who went on to spend his life on the run. In this week’s statement, Springsteen described his character, “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins.
At the time “Working On A Dream” was released, Springsteen revealed that the song was inspired by an old storybook about a cowboy that his mother would read to him when he was a little boy. That book was “Brave Cowboy Bill,” a 1950s children’s book.
This career turn comes just a few months after another twist. Earlier this summer, Springsteen released a long-play video for his song, “Hunter of Invisible Game,” which he directed, another career first.