'40 Songs, One Story' - U2's Bono set to release new memoir in November

'40 Songs, One Story' - U2's Bono set to release new memoir in November

Irish singer-songwriter Bono has announced that he has written a memoir called, 'Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story'.

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U2 lead singer, Bono, celebrated his 62nd birthday by announcing a new project he has been working on.

The Irishman, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, has confirmed that he will be releasing a memoir this year. 

Titled, 'Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story', the memoir will reveal details such as the moment he wrote U2's first single, 'Out of Control', on his 18th birthday. 

U2's official Instagram page shared an audio recording of Bono reading a passage from his upcoming book. 

The book will be released on November 1, but is already available for pre-order. 

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Penguin Random House says Bono's memoir will share details about "the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him". 

The singer has also given some insight into what readers can expect.

“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," the Grammy Award winner said.

According to his publisher, each of the 40 chapters in the book is named after one of U2's famous songs. 

The 'Beautiful Day' hitmaker has also created 40 drawings for the memoir. 


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