By Michka Assayas
For the 1st time ever, Bono--the greatest rock celebrity within the world--tells his lifestyles tale. Bono's profession is in contrast to the other in rock heritage. because the lead singer of U2, Bono has offered a hundred thirty million albums, received fourteen Grammys, and performed quite a few sold-out global excursions, yet he has additionally lobbied and labored with global leaders from invoice Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt reduction, AIDS, and different serious worldwide matters. He has collaborated with an analogous musicians for almost 3 many years and has been married to his early life sweetheart on the grounds that 1982. His lifestyles, in any respect turns, resists the rock megastar clich?s. In a chain of intimate conversations together with his buddy 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 some of the most recognized participants on this planet; and from a global star to an influential spokesperson for the 3rd international. He speaks candidly approximately his religion, kinfolk, dedication, affects, 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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I’d never met anyone quite like him. What do you mean? What was he like? Well, he had been expelled from an upper-class public school in Ireland, and arrived at this free school with a posh accent, wearing a caftan that he had picked up on his holidays at age sixteen, hitching through Afghanistan. He’d had “Afghanistan ’76” written on his T-shirt, and his hair was corkscrew blond hair, but in an Afro. He looked like a negative of Michael Jackson. Maybe he wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, the way Eric Clapton did when he was in Cream.
Great salespeople, the Jews . . Someone suggested to me that my mother’s side of the family may have been Jewish. Rankin is a Jewish name. A member of the family came up with some interesting stuff researching the name. I have to tell you this. I saw this one picture of you from when you were younger, and I was completely flabbergasted because you looked like my father. All my mother’s side of the family have that taxi-driver-from-Tel-Aviv look. Yes, the dark hair, or something. The first time I saw you, there was something familiar about you, like: “I’ve met this person before .
But no, he was proud. I think he always probably found me very pretentious, which is probably right. I think he still found me a little preposterous, which I think is probably right. I think, like a lot of fathers with their sons, like no one else they know where to ﬁnger you. And he had a very, very wicked sense of humor. Are you implying that he taught you valuable lessons for your life as a rock star? ” That was the whole thing. So when he walked into that kitchen, you see, downstairs, where there were those presses [Irish and Scottish for cupboards]— they’re still there—he went: [shouting] “Ha!
Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas by Michka Assayas