As the singer of one of the biggest bands in the world–and as a guy who’s connected with everyone from popes and presidents to Davos attendees to the tech world–it’s safe to assume that Bono has a few stories to tell. He’s found some time (perhaps with the aid of a ghostwriter, although Bono is a perfectly capable writer on his own) to put down some of these stories in a 40-chapter memoir called Surrender, which is due November 1.
This announcement comes today, May 10, 2022, the day of Bono’s 62nd birthday. (It’s also my Dad’s birthday. And Sid Vicious’, too.)
I quote from the website:
Bono—artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2—has written a memoir: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.
“When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress. . . With a fair amount of fun along the way.” —Bono
There’s a trailer for the book, too. From the sounds of this, bet on Bono narrating the audiobook, too.