Throughout “Bono Week,” listen to an episode of “Calling Bono” with the U2 frontman himself and SiriusXM host Bill Flanagan, an interview with the producers of the memoir, a playlist featuring the tracks that serve as the book’s 40 chapter titles, and more. See more programming details below, and stream all of the content in our collection on the SXM App now.
As one of the music world’s most iconic artists and the cofounder of the organizations ONE and (RED), Bono’s career has been written about extensively. But in Surrender, it’s Bono who picks up the pen, writing for the first time about his remarkable life and those he has shared it with. In his unique voice, Bono takes us from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was fourteen, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands, to his more than twenty years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Writing with candor, self-reflection, and humor, Bono opens the aperture on his life—and the family, friends, and faith that have sustained, challenged, and shaped him.
“When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs,” Bono said. “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.”
Surrender’s subtitle, 40 Songs, One Story, is a nod to the book’s forty chapters, which are each named after a U2 song. Bono has also created forty original drawings for Surrender, which will appear throughout the book.
Check out more information about Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story here.
Bono Week Programming
- Continued airings of the Calling Bono episode with Bono and Bill Flanagan
- An interview with the producers of the Surrender audiobook and Bill Flanagan
- A 40-song playlist of the songs that serve as chapter titles hosted by Bono
- Excerpts from the audiobook airing on U2 X-Radio and other music channels
- A special episode of Discotheque featuring remixes of the songs that serve as chapter titles in Surrender.
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