Bruce Springsteen didn’t mind talking about the not–so–Glory Days of his youth when he stopped by CBS Sunday Morning earlier today. During the interview with Anthony Mason, the rock star opened up about his struggles with depression, his youth, and what “started the fire” in his musical career. Walking through the streets of his childhood town, Freehold*, New Jersey, the Boss pointed out the house where he lived, the house where his aunt lived, and the home where his other aunt lived, and he walked through the school where he was a less-than-stellar student. Freehold plays a large part in Springsteen’s upcoming memoir, Born to Run; he writes that the “grinding hypnotic power of this ruined place and these people would never leave me.” It was also where he suffered anguish through a strained relationship with his father. But hey, all of those problems inspired a lot of songs that people seem to be into. You can read more about his life and career — including a lot of stuff about the late “Born to Run” E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons — when the book comes out September 27.
*This article originally misidentified Springsteen’s childhood hometown. We regret the error.