Surrender - Bono

Surrender

By Bono

  • Release Date: 2022-11-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
4
From 113 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 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. A VOGUE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Surrender soars whenever the spotlight comes on. Bono is never more powerful, on the page or the stage, than when he strives for the transcendence that only music can offer...[Bono] is open and honest, with language that can be witty and distinctive, addressing his competitive relationship with his father or growing up against the backdrop of Ireland’s political violence.” —The New York Times
 
“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
 
 As one of the music world’s most iconic artists and the cofounder of the organizations ONE and (RED), Bono’s career has been written about extensively. But in Surrender, it’s Bono who picks up the pen, writing for the first time about his remarkable life and those he has shared it with. In his unique voice, Bono takes us from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was fourteen, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands, to his more than twenty years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Writing with candor, self-reflection, and humor, Bono opens the aperture on his life—and the family, friends, and faith that have sustained, challenged, and shaped him.
 
Surrender’s subtitle, 40 Songs, One Story, is a nod to the book’s forty chapters, which are each named after a U2 song. Bono has also created forty original drawings for Surrender, which appear throughout the book.

Reviews

  • solid effort 3 1/2 stars

    3
    By step_jam
    enjoyed reading some of this but then it became a bit too long … found myself jumping ahead past some of the parts that didn’t interest me … i think after rattle and hum the band kind of lost its effect, they became too rich basically … lost their voice and edge … i think many of u2’s vocals/lyrics up until rattle and hum were about someone who is in the world but not of the world … paul hewson will know the reference … that is the truth here on this planet, money won’t buy you happiness, it will buy you distractions … the best songs this band made, for me, were before the money and adoration … however, it was good to see paul hewson remain true to his belief and express that in the pages therein … i think he has a lot more faith than he lets on here … it isn’t rock and roll, it’s rock and soul
  • Surrender Great insight into a mans mind

    5
    By Globall giving
    Great insight into a life and the struggles, triumphs and tribulations. I most enjoy the origin stories of songs and people growing up. Fabuluous book. Great read.
  • In the shadows, rock star meets author

    5
    By Robert Hay
    Amazing read! I found it hard to put down. Bono is really a terrific writer! I’d like to read a 2nd book by him. Maybe The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. should each write memoirs as well.
  • Very very difficult read

    1
    By Ed Haselden
    This book lacks a chronological view of Bono’s life. Its very hard to follow what years he refers to as it wil jump back and forth from one decade to another. Its als very very philosophical and reflects Bono’s deep love of poetry. In fairness, that’s the success behind U2’s success, however I found myself skipping over numerous pages as the philosophy went way beyond the norms of most autobiographies. I had to push myself to finish the book. Nor near as interesting as Dave Grohl’s or Keith Richard’s Autobiographies.
  • I Found What I Was Looking For

    5
    By BlueBearCo.
    Bono’s memoir really comes to life with this audiobook. The song snippets, audio effects, and his voice impressions give you feeling of being in the room (or in the pub!) with Bono as he recounts his incredible life. I’ve been a fan of the band since the beginning but even people who aren’t very familiar with the music or his life will enjoy this. His prose, delivery, and humor make this really special. I found myself wanting him to narrate ALL my audiobooks. A compelling tale of a philosopher and seeker striving to remain true to his muse and the creative process while trying to overcome all of life’s challenges (which we are all familiar with). At its heart is a beautiful love story as well. Well worth the listen!
  • All I want is you

    5
    By Bdawgno1
    Bono, The Edge, Adam, Larry: You four have were introduced to me when I was 10 years younger. Before you have nearly defined my life. My music. My hurt. My love of my life that I hold dearly 25 years and counting. I have been blessed to have been to your performances live. With dear friends of mine over past 30 years. This book has taken me to so many positive memories that have been created with not just my pals, but with my most important person in my life: my wife. Tears of gratitude and happiness as I have learned personal meanings of your songs. Amazing biography. Beautiful human beings that I will forever hold dearly in the deepest depths of my heart. Thank you for sharing your gift with me (us). Rock on. Punk Rock rules! And so does the ongoing story of U2.
  • WOW!!

    5
    By Dagny619
    Having been a U2 fan for a long time, I was blown away by Bono’s candid story of his journey as a son, brother, band mate, husband, father, and activist. His introspection of his strengths and weaknesses; his faith in a higher being; and his ability to surrender at the end is simply captivating. What a beautiful human being.
  • Definitely worth it!

    5
    By DrMcDougall
    Oh my - just started this - a lyrical homage to life, and faith, and death - with everything stuck in between - I’ve respected his music and enjoyed some of it, but when the book came out I needed to see what he truly was all about - I have to say this has the potential to be a very special book indeed - I’d put it next to Phil Collins or Matthew McConaughey autobiographical books - definitely recommended highly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️