In this book, published by Penguin Random House, the artist intends to return to his childhood in Dublin, the loss of his mother, his career with U2 and his work as an activist against AIDS and poverty.
Bono’s first autobiography will be released next November. Entitled Surrenderthis book, published by Penguin Random House, traces among other things the singer’s early childhood in Dublin, the sudden loss of his mother when he was 14, the success of U2 and his work as an AIDS activist. and poverty.
If the history of the leader of U2 has already been the subject of numerous articles and books, this is the first time that the artist has written about his career himself. Surrender will consist of 40 chapters, each named after a U2 song, which will be accompanied by 40 drawings made by Bono especially for the book.
A first extract unveiled
In a video, published on Tuesday on the U2 YouTube channel, the singer unveiled a first glimpse of his memoir with an excerpt from the chapter “Out of Control”. This one tells how the artist wrote U2’s first single on his 18th birthday, 44 years ago.
Bono also explains in this video the choice of his title Surrender“Growing up in Ireland in the 1970s, the act of surrender was never a natural concept for me. Yet it’s the word that came to me when I mind as I put my thoughts and ideas together to write this book.”
A committed musical career
Since their debut in 1976, U2 have sold over 157 million albums and won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other duo or group in history. But beyond his impressive musical career, Bono is also famous for his activism.
He confused in 2006 the campaign (RED)which raised more than $700 million for the Global Fund for AIDS Treatment and Prevention in Africa and the Rise Fund in 2016, which funds businesses that bring about positive social and environmental change.
More recently, the Irish rock star also traveled to Ukraine for a surprise concert with U2 member The Edge in support of the country in the face of the Russian invasion. From the platform of a kyiv metro station, the 61-year-old singer sang the classics Sunday Bloody Sunday, Longed for and With or without youas air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital and fighting raged in the east of the country.
For his activism and his music, the artist Bono has received numerous awards including the Pablo Neruda Medal of Honor from Chile, the Legion of Honor from the French government, a British honorary knighthood, the Fulbright Prize for international, and the title of “person of the year” of the magazine Time (with Bill and Melinda Gates).