In an interview with Vanity Fair, Springsteen opened up about his history with depression, saying that his most recent bout with it came from ages 60 to 64.
"One of the points I'm making in the book is that, whoever you've been and wherever you've been, it never leaves you," Springsteen told Vanity Fair. "I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can't ever get out. The important thing is, who's got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?"
Springsteen said the difficulty he has with living with depression is becoming more like his father, Doug, who he said had a tendency to drink and then fight with him.
"You don't know the illness' parameters," he said. "Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?"
Vanity Fair reported that Springsteen spoke about the surgery that he underwent three years ago after he suffered a damaged disc in his neck. In the process, he said he had to have his throat cut open and his vocal cords temporarily tied off to the side.
"A little nerve-racking," Springsteen said. "But it's been very successful for me."