Bono’s 40-chapter (!) memoir called Surrenderis due out on November 1.
“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 wins the 2021 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from The Fulbright Association.
Starts at 1 hr, 20 seconds.
“After January 6th in this city, I sensed a of mood of grief. Some spoke of the American dream dying on the steps of the Capitol that chilling day. But it was it was not the American dream that was dying. The American dream was alive.It was a death of a generation’s innocence.”
Of Putin, he said:
“He is done. He is not just a tyrant. He is like a bad Bond villain.”
Speaking on N.O.R.E.’s Drink Champs podcast, [legendary New York rapper] DMX began to preview his new album. He’s got some notable guests, including Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, and Usher. Perhaps most surprising was when he proclaimed:
“I got Bono — the U2 n***a.”
…the Bono song is called “Skyscrapers.” “Shit’s crazy. It got a Miami feel to it,” DMX teased.
Of Bono’s part he said:
“All muthafuckas need to do is listen to it, and we good.”
My timeline is full of effusive tweets about #BHL‘s appearance in #TCD last night. I’ve always personally thought of him as the Bono of French philosophy: over-rated, egocentric, deeply Orientalist and all too comfortable within the power structures he claims to critique. pic.twitter.com/iLhEBM7OjM
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is addressing both houses of the Oireachtas and Bono.
Said Ms Pelosi:
“This month we mark the anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of that spirit of hope and a faith that a better future is possible.
The signing of the Good Friday accords in 1998, ending centuries of conflict. On that holy day, the world saw the dawn of peace in Northern Ireland, which few had ever dared to dream.
With the diplomatic leadership of President Bill Clinton who sends you his regards, when he found we were coming….”
From left: Ali Hewson, Bono, Nancy Pelosi and Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl in Leinster House.
Ms Pelosi said of Bono:
“In modern times, another purveyor of the word from Ireland, Bono and U2 – one of Ireland’s most beloved exports, whose music and mission [applause] – [looks up at Bono in the gallery] oh, there you are, I’m not finished – whose music and mission of advocacy stirs the spirit of the world, while embracing the pride of the Irish…
“We’ve learned so much at U2 concerts about what’s going on in Ireland. And we were delighted to see Bono in the gallows of the GPO last night – a picture of David Trimble and John Hume at a U2 concert in Belfast in 1998.
“Bono is here with his wife Ali Hewson, who is there. Thank you both for being here [applause].
“I take pride in saying that I’m one of the members of Congress who’s been to more of Bono’s, U2’s concerts than anyone.
“Now, he’s in the audience. Thank you Ali, and thank you Bono, for being here, and give my regards to the rest of U2, The Edge and others.
“Something I learned from my children, from Michael Keneally and then my grandchildren, we all know, I usually do not intrude on music of my children. That does not apply to U2.”