U2 frontman Bono is to publish a memoir documenting the “people, places and possibilities” that his life and career have featured.
Surrender will trace the Irish singer’s childhood in Dublin, including her mother’s death at age 14, U2’s rise to global success, and her work in the fight against AIDS and poverty.
The memoir to be published by Penguin Random House on November 1 marks the rock star’s 62nd birthday.
Bono said: “When I started writing this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I had previously only sketched in songs. The people, places and possibilities in my life.
“Dedication is a word that has meaning to me. Having grown up in Ireland in the seventies (musically speaking), this was not a natural concept. One word I only circled around until I gathered my thoughts for the book.
“I’m still battling this most humble order. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as a worker.
“Surrender is the story of a pilgrim’s lack of progress … with a fair amount of fun along the way.”
The memoir’s subtitle, 40 Songs, A Story, references that each of the book’s forty chapters is named after a U2 song.
Bono also created 40 original illustrations and an animated video for the memoir, narrated by him and based on some of his illustrations.
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The video shows an excerpt from the Out of Control chapter of Surrender, in which Bono describes writing U2’s first single on his 18th birthday on May 10, 1978.
Reagan Arthur, Bono’s editor at Penguin Random House US and executive vice president of Knopf Publishing House, said: “Bono brings to his music and the passion he brings to his life to the page as well.
“Seven years ago another legend, the late Knopf editor Sonny Mehta, acquired the book, because he knew Bono fit into the tradition of literary Irish storytellers, and we were fortunate to have Sonny’s notes on an early draft of the manuscript.
“We’re still lucky that Bono not only has a dramatic personal history to tell, but he’s also a truly talented writer.
“The dedication is sincere, intimate, irreverent and profound—a dazzling memoir of a remarkable life.”
Publishing the book, Venetia Butterfield, Managing Director of Penguin Random House UK Division, said: “Dedication is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary life by an extraordinary man.
“Brilliantly written – warm, intelligent, witty, self-deprecating, utterly charming, brave and fearless, Bono reveals himself as a natural storyteller and a powerful and talented writer.
“I know this book will delight readers around the world and has all the hallmarks of a future classic.”
The dedication by Bono will be published by Penguin Random House on November 1, 2022, with an audiobook narrated by the singer.