Usually, conversations with rock stars aren't that fulfilling to read. During the preamble, he seemed to be staring at me. But in the end, those questions are precisely what got Bono talking, which is why the format of this book works so much better than your typical celebrity memoir. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Perhaps the deaths of his parents? In this book of conversations between Assayas and the frontman of U2, Bono dives deep into subjects such as the death of his mother, the difficulties of being in a major rock band, and his philanthropic efforts. I wish I could believe in that.
So I can live without happiness. He is a passion in my life, his music and his incredible open heart. Being gifted is like being born beautiful. Bono doesn't really respond and dismisses the idea of irresponsible borrowing by African nations at one point but he does admit that aid created worse conditions and has propped up despots The reason this book stands out is because Assayas doesn't keep his journalistic distance but presses into his friend and asks him the tough questions. Here, in a series of conversations with his friend, the music journalist, Michka Assayas, Bono reflects on his transformation from extrovert singer of a small, Irish, post-punk band into an international rock star. I was conflicted about writing a review for this book for a little while now because I came away from this material with a worse impression of Bono than I had going in and quite frankly, maybe that's my fault. This is probably the second unfavourable review I done now.
Collected over various meetings in 2004 and 2005, these conversations paint an intimate portrait of Bono. Personally, I found it refreshing to read an authentic account of faith instead of tired and overused clichés that many evangelicals often use in discussing their lives. However, I've procrastinated reading it, I think because I worried that once I read this one, I might know all I need to, or maybe even some facts that sit uncomfortably with what I expect to write. I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. How did he move from fledgling Irish pub band singer to international rock star and humanitarian? I find the man fascinating and I was looking forward to learning more about him. He is a thoughtful fellow, a shrewd observer of popular culture and an equally shrewd businessman, but throughout this book he also comes off as fundamentally decent and grounded in reality and a faith informed by better angels than most overt believers can boast.
His own inner beliefs are laid out for all to see - the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's not often I write about a book I have read but this one is extraordinary. Hence, in my title he's the manager. I remain torn between 4 and 5 stars. When it's all said and done, I feel as though I could join him at a local pub and drink pints together while shooting the breeze.
He presses Bono on not speaking about Africa for over a decade and points out to him that colonialism in France was left-wing and championed by humanitarians. B6856A5 2006 Dewey Decimal 782. It is written as conversations between Bono and a musical journalist named Michka Assayas. Bono clearly prefers to avoid some topics, trying to go off o First, let me say that I'm not a fan of Bono or U2. He was interested in socialism that didn't attempt to put down faith and used religion to inform the people of their rights. The interview format of the book made it different to a standard biography but worked well at creating an atmosphere of closeness to Bono, as if you were there for the conversations with them.
Grace defies reason and logic. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, and bandmates, his commitment, influences, service, and passion. For a millionaire rock star, Bono comes across as remarkably in touch with reality and with his feet firmly on the ground. Over the past twenty-five years his band, U2, have sold a staggering 130 million albums and collected 14 Grammys. Well, now I've read it and I'm really glad.
Over the past twenty-five years his band, U2, have sold a staggering 130 million albums and collected 14 Grammys. To be born again every day is something that I try to do. So in a series of conversations with his friend, Michka Assayas, he speaks openly about his faith, family, friends, and bandmates Bono on his birthday, planning his funeral including an extended Maori ritual similar to a wake, during which Gavin Friday will complain that Bono never returned all the Brian Eno albums he borrowed in the s. It's well-ordered and Michka Assayas asks the tough questions. Ali says I haven't been myself and should go on and talk to somebody. It's more than what I do, and more than what most people around me can brag about. You can't help but be in awe of the artist who has experienced so much, sought meaning in all that he has seen and his ability to fully mine his gift of words.
The first few sections cover Bono's early life, some random stories about recording, a few moments during the success, as it lifted up off the horizon of their, thus far, long and well-established career. Not only is Bono more candid, but Assayas refuses to be blinded by Bono's star status. Bono: A Self-Portrait in Conversation is the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2. Now, don't get me wrong, those are important topics but it's not really interesting to have all those conversations lumped together. The idea that God, if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child in straw poverty, in shit and straw. And that I learned from him.