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As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés. In a series of intimate conversations, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Títol:Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas
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Informació:Riverhead Hardcover (2005), Hardcover
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Although others will say that this is not true, I can honestly say that I do not believe I have ever heard a U2 song. Since starting this book, I've listened to snippets of their songs on the iTunes store, and really do not recognize any of them...although I certainly have not listened to all of them.

So, that being said, this book taught me so much about Bono. I was drawn to it because I read a brief article about him in the Wall Street Journal, which talked a bit about his Christian faith.

I really enjoyed the format of the book - a transcript of conversations he had with the author over several years. This worked so much better than many "celebrity" written books..."And then when I was 10 I went here...and when I was 22 I said this...and when I had my first platinum record...". Those books seem so novelized as to make you wonder if they are really true or not. Now, of course, you could say the same with this book if you believe Bono was making things up about his life and beliefs.

But, the conversational style also allows the questioner to follow-up to discern out the BS if its there.

So, as I said, I enjoyed this book a lot. I have much respect for Bono since reading it, even though I would say that I am on a different location in the spectrum of politics than he is. But I have to admit he forced me to question my positions a bit about trade issues and Africa in particular, bringing in the colonial history aspect (although I did thoroughly enjoy when he stated that it was the political left/liberals who kept the free trade barriers up in order to protect their own countries' farmers from competition via products from Africa!).

It was also impressive that Bono speaks so easily about his Christianity. I'm not sure if that comes through significantly in U2's concerts, not ever being to one. But I would be curious to know how those in attendance react to it if it does...of course, it's possible for his fans to say they respect him, and yeah, "I am spiritual, but not religious"...and then go home and go about not practicing their supposed faith, having been burned at some point in their past with formal churches, or remembering the hassle from their youth and assuming that experiencing their faith as an adult will be exactly the same...or that by never trying a different church than their youth, that all are the same. Here is a man that freely admits issues with his youth while in the church, and yet never let it destroy that faith. A very respectable perspective...

Overall, I urge you to read the book, regardless of your political or faith/lack of faith position. I know I learned something - perhaps you will too. ( )
  highlander6022 | Mar 16, 2016 |
Interesting insights given. I'm full of admiration for Bono's boundless enthusiams, and a little surprised at his candid megalomania.

I liked the conversational format, but found the questioner far too sycophantic, which reflected badly on Bono. ( )
  LARA335 | Jan 19, 2013 |
Rock is not my scene, but I was deeply impressed with this book. Bono has a passion for justice rooted in the Bible, and some profound thoughts about religion. He is a Christian believer without being dogmatic or the least bit intolerant of people who think differently. ( )
  Rayvincent | Jan 22, 2012 |
For Bono fans, this will get you some glimpse to the personal side and journey that Bono had from his early life in Dublin to his rise to fame in US. ( )
  maidenveil | Sep 13, 2010 |
Good read. Interesting ideas are scattered throughout their conversations. Bono is easy to like. ( )
  chriszodrow | Jul 8, 2009 |
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As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés. In a series of intimate conversations, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion.--From publisher description.

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