By Neil McCormick, Bono
Author note: Foreword by means of Bono
Publish yr note: First released in 2004
Some are born great.
Some in achieving greatness.
Some have greatness thrust upon them.
And a few have the misfortune
to visit university with Bono.
Everyone desires to be recognized. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Nineteen Seventies, Neil McCormick's targets went method past mere pop stardom. It used to be his future to be a veritable Rock God. He had all of it labored out: the albums, the concert events, the hunt for international peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different aspect of the school room had plans of his own.
Killing Bono is a narrative of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to international superstardom, his institution buddy Neil scorched a burning course in on the contrary course. undesirable medications, bizarre intercourse, extraordinary haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for popularity. yet occasionally it really is life's losers who've the main attention-grabbing stories to tell.
Featuring visitor appearances via the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono deals an incredibly humorous, startlingly candid, and surprisingly relocating account of a lifestyles lived within the shadows of superstardom.
"The challenge with realizing you is that you've performed every thing I ever sought after to," Neil as soon as complained to his well-known pal. "I'm your doppelganger," Bono spoke back. "If you will have your lifestyles again, you'll need to kill me."
Now there has been a thought...
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