The frontman of legendary rock band U2, Irishman Bono, releases his memoir (“Surrender”) on Tuesday recounting his exceptional journey from his youth in Dublin to becoming one of the musicians and philanthropists the most renowned on the planet.
The book is built around 40 songs by his group U2 and sprinkled with 40 artist drawings.
Real name Paul David Hewson, Bono is not only an accomplished songwriter, singer, guitarist and artist: he is also a businessman and philanthropist with a long history of commitment to great humanitarian and political causes, from peace in the world to the fight against poverty and epidemics such as AIDS.
In his 500-page memoir, Bono, 62, traces his extraordinary journey, which began with the tragedy of sudden death of his mother when he was 14 until his own heart operation in 2016.
It also addresses issues related to the difficulties of songwriting and the “pseudo-religious status of rock star”.
“U2's music has never really been rock and roll”, writes the musician in his book, but “under its contemporary envelope, it is opera, great music and strong emotions released in a daily pop music.”
Bono is supporting the promotion of his book with a literary tour entitled “Stories of Surrender” in New York this week and then in Chicago, London, Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Dublin.
“Defeat is a loaded word for me. Growing up in Ireland with raised fists (musically speaking), defeat was not an obvious concept. And I still struggle with this (…) in my group, my marriage, my faith and in my militant life”, writes the artist and figure of the world humanitarian causes.
Promoter of peace in Northern Ireland at the end of the 1990s, the author of the mythical titles “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Desire” and “With or without you” also praised last May Ukraine's fight for “freedom” in the war with Russia, during a concert in a metro station in Kyiv.