Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas by Michka Assayas

By Michka Assayas

For the 1st time ever, Bono--the greatest rock celebrity within the world--tells his lifestyles tale. Bono's profession is not like the other in rock background. because the lead singer of U2, Bono has bought a hundred thirty million albums, received fourteen Grammys, and performed a number of sold-out global excursions, yet he has additionally lobbied and labored with international leaders from invoice Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt reduction, AIDS, and different serious worldwide concerns. He has collaborated with an identical musicians for almost 3 many years and has been married to his early life sweetheart considering that 1982. His existence, in any respect turns, resists the rock megastar clich?s. In a sequence of intimate conversations together with his pal Michka Assayas, a track journalist who has been with the band because the very starting, Bono displays on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into the most well-known contributors on the earth; and from a global superstar to an influential spokesperson for the 3rd international. He speaks candidly approximately his religion, relatives, dedication, impacts, carrier, and keenness. Bono: A Self-Portrait in dialog is the nearest we are going to come, for now, to a memoir from the long-lasting frontman of U2.

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He had a lot of woman friends. And I do too. So there must be something there. Did he give you any advice on how to handle your money? ” Did you follow him on that? I absolutely didn’t. Trust is very important to me. Let me digress. You know, in the supermarkets, they have a way of pricing. It’s a digital readout: price-coding. So now, when you bring your food, you put it up and they just read it. Edge was telling me about this guy who recently did a study in MIT: ten percent of all accounting through this system is erroneous.

No, I’m not a celebrity. Who the hell are you, then? I’m a scribbling, cigar-smoking, wine-drinking, Bible-reading band man. A show-off [laughs] . . who loves to paint pictures of what I can’t see. A husband, father, friend of the poor and sometimes the rich. An activist traveling salesman of ideas. Chess player, part-time rock star, opera singer, in the loudest folk group in the world. How’s that? Mmmh . . I’ll let you off just this once. 3. EVERYBODY GETS OUT OF HERE ALIVE It took me some time to ask Bono about his closest friends: his fellow musicians in U2 and their manager, Paul McGuinness.

That’s true, but he was a Catholic, my mother was a Protestant . . or a Jew. [laughs] That was a big deal back in those days, because they weren’t really allowed to be married. So they had to hide? No, they didn’t have to hide, but their marriage was disputed in some quarters and not recognized in others. NEVER TRUST A PERFORMER 37 But, obviously, the area was Catholic. Why did a Protestant family like your mother’s live there? I don’t know. There was a small Protestant community in the middle of this Catholic area.

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