In Italy it will be published by Mondadori
Bono, the leader of the Irish rock group U2, has written an autobiography called “Surrender”, which will be published in the United States by the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house on November 1st. Reagan Arthur, executive vice president and director of Knopf, announced today. Represented by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown Ltd., “Surrender” will be released in hardcover and ebook, and as an audiobook narrated by Bono from Penguin Random House. The book will be released all over the world at the same time: in addition to the United States, “Surrender” will be published in 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. In Italy it will be published by Mondadori.
Bono (aka Paul David Hewson) relates: “I started writing this book in hopes of making a detailed sketch of what I had limited myself to sketching with songs. The people, places and possibilities in my life. Surrender,” give up, ‘is a word loaded with meaning to me. Having grown up in 1970s Ireland with my fists up (musically speaking), it wasn’t a natural prospect for me. the ideas for the book. Even today I am humbly grappling with this imperative. In U2, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of a motionless pilgrim … who had a great time during the trip”.
Much has been written about the career of Bono, one of the most famous artists in the world. But in “Surrender” it is the U2 frontman himself who takes the pen, describing for the first time the extraordinary life of him and the people who are part of it. “With his unique voice – explains a statement released by Mondadori – Bono takes us from his childhood in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was fourteen, to the incredible trajectory that transformed U2 into one of the most important in the world, up to over twenty years of activism against AIDS and extreme poverty. With great frankness, introspective ability and irony, Bono opens a window on his life, as well as on his family, friends and the faith that they supported, tested and inspired “.
The subtitle of “Surrender”, “40 songs, one story”, alludes to the forty chapters, each named after a U2 song. Bono also made forty original drawings for “Surrender” and today an animated video is released on U2’s digital platforms, narrated by him and based on some of his drawings. The video contains an excerpt from the chapter “Out of Control”, in which Bono tells of when he wrote the first single of U2: it was May 10, 1978, the day of his eighteenth birthday.
“All the passion he puts into his music and his life Bono also puts on the page,” says Reagan Arthur, who is also the artist’s editor. “Seven years ago another legend, the late Knopf director Sonny Mehta, bought the book, knowing that Bono was in the tradition of the great Irish storytellers. We are fortunate to have Sonny’s notes on an early draft of the manuscript, and the further luck not only that Bono has a sensational story to tell, but also of having found in him a very talented writer. Surrender is a sincere, intimate, irreverent and profound book: an extraordinary life story “.
U2 singer and leader, Bono – aka Paul David Hewson – was born in Dublin. At school he met The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton, with whom he formed U2 in 1978. Their first album “Boy” was released in 1980 on Island Records, and to date the group has released fourteen studio albums that have sold 157 million copies worldwide. Called “an absolutely unparalleled show” by “Rolling Stone”, U2’s 360 ° Tour (2009-2011) remains the highest-grossing tour ever. U2 have won numerous awards, including twenty-two Grammys (more than any other duo or group), an Oscar nomination and the Amnesty International Ambassador Conscience Award. In 2005 they were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In addition to his role in U2, Bono is a pioneering activist. Leader of Jubilee 2000’s Drop the Debt campaign, he then dedicated himself to the fight against HIV / AIDS and extreme poverty, co-founding sister organizations One and (Red). One is a movement of millions of people fighting against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. With One, Bono has lobbied heads of state and legislatures around the world, helping to pass programs like US Pepfar Aids that have saved tens of millions of lives over the past two decades. (Red) – which supports companies with the aim of soliciting them to contribute to the fight against AIDS and raise public awareness on the issue – has raised more than 700 million dollars to date for the Global Fund, a committed organization in the treatment and prevention of AIDS in Africa. Starting in 2020, One and (Red) have also dedicated themselves to alleviating the effect of Covid-19 on the developing world.
In 2016 Bono was co-founder of the Rise Fund, a global fund to support entrepreneurial companies that promote positive social and environmental change in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bono has received numerous awards for his music and activism, including the Freedom of the City of Dublin (with U2), the Pablo Neruda Medal of Honor in Chile, the Legion of Honor of the French government, the nomination as Honorary Knight of the British Empire, Fulbright Association Prize for International Understanding and Person of the Year nomination (along with Bill and Melinda Gates) for “Time” magazine. He lives in Dublin with his wife Ali Hewson.