Bono has announced a new autobiography, Surrender: 40 songs, one story.
“Abandonment is the story of a pilgrim’s lack of progress. . . With quite a bit of fun along the way,” the singer said in a statement. The subtitle of the book, 40 songs, one story, is a reference to its forty chapters, each named after a U2 song. The legendary frontman also created around 40 original drawings that will appear throughout the book.
“When I started writing this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I had previously only sketched in songs,” Bono explained. “People, places and possibilities in my life. Abandonment is a word with meaning to me.”
One of the people who will receive attention in the new memoir is the singer’s late mother, Iris Hewson, who died four days after collapsing at her father’s funeral in 1987. Bono’s mother died of complications from a cerebral aneurysm, and his sudden death is one of the factors that the drove the man born Paul Hewson towards music. Bono has previously spoken about the impact of losing his mother on U2 tracks such as “I Will Follow”, “Mofo” and “Out of Control”.
Bono met Edge and Adam Clayton while the three were attending school in Dublin in the mid-1970s, and had their first band rehearsal as U2 in September 1976. By the singer’s own admission, ” render” was a bit of a foreign idea. so. “Growing up in Ireland in the 70s with my fists up (musically speaking) was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I collected my thoughts for the book,” noted the leader. “I still struggle with this most humiliating commandment. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist.”
The rocker’s journey has included more than twenty years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, and most recently, his social justice efforts have expanded to include support for Ukraine in the conflict of the country with Russia. Accepting an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Bono and the Edge delivered a surprise 40-minute performance inside a Kyiv metro station that serves as a bomb shelter. “We pray that you will enjoy this peace soon,” the Irish rocker told the audience.
Bono picked his 62nd birthday on Tuesday, May 10 to share the news of his upcoming memoir. The singer also released an animated clip (see below) in which he narrates an excerpt from the book, reminiscing about his 18th birthday in 1978 – the day Bono started writing ‘Out of Control’.
Surrender: 40 songs, one story will be released on November 1 and is available for Pre-order now.
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