By Neil McCormick, Bono
Author note: Foreword through Bono
Publish 12 months 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 institution with Bono.
Everyone desires to be recognized. yet as a tender punk in Dublin within the Seventies, Neil McCormick's pursuits went approach past mere pop stardom. It was once his future to be a veritable Rock God. He had all of it labored out: the albums, the live shows, the search for global peace. there has been just one factor he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting at the different facet 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 worldwide superstardom, his university buddy Neil scorched a burning course in on the contrary path. undesirable medicinal drugs, bizarre intercourse, extraordinary haircuts: Neil skilled all of it in his elusive quest for status. yet occasionally it's life's losers who've the main attention-grabbing stories to tell.
Featuring visitor appearances by way of the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono deals a really 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 recognized buddy. "I'm your doppelganger," Bono answered. "If you will want your existence again, you'll need to kill me."
Now there has been a thought...
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