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Bono: A Biography

Bono: A Biography

by David Kootnikoff


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Bono is a passionate, articulate celebrity who has transcended his role as international rock star and become an effective political activist. This book provides insights into his life story and contributions to both popular culture and politics.

Bono: A Biography takes a broad look at the pop star's life from his birth until the present day while also examining in depth the major events throughout his life. It covers Bono's accomplishments as part of U2 and also provides great detail about this complex celebrity figure's achievements outside of his involvement with his band—for example, his activities as a major spokesperson on issues of debt relief and poverty.

This book will be appreciated by general readers as well as high school students with an interest in pop culture and politics. Authored by a writer who has been a fan of U2 and Bono since his youth, this book cites a variety of sources to present an engaging and comprehensive portrait of this passionate musician's contributions to popular music and his ongoing commitment to issues of social justice.

  • Contains many direct quotes from Bono's speeches and interviews that address his activism and his life with U2
  • Presents a chronology of Bono's life from his birth onwards
  • Includes a bibliography of works cited and other books worth reading

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313355097
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Kootnikoff is an award-winning writer. His published works include U2: A Musical Biography and Getting Both Feet Wet: Experiences Inside The Jet Program, winner of the Japan Festival Award for contributing to understanding between cultures.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Timeline: Events in the Life of Bono xiii

Chapter 1 Boyhood: Origins and Early Days in Dublin 1

Chapter 2 Twilight: Wide Awake 15

Chapter 3 Like a Star: Reaching Higher (1980-1983) 31

Chapter 4 Two Hearts: Marriage and International Fame (1984-1987) 57

Chapter 5 Blown by the Wind: Off Course (1988-1991) 87

Chapter 6 Better by Design: Back on Track (1992-1995) 103

Chapter 7 Staring at the Sun: Catching Up (1996-2000) 115

Chapter 8 Goodness in Everything: Back to Basics (2001-2005) 129

Chapter 9 The Songs Are in Your Eyes: Midlife Groove (2006-2009) 145

Chapter 10 Ascent: New Prospects (2010 and Beyond) 163

Appendix 1 U2's Studio Albums 169

Appendix 2 U2's Number 1 Singles 173

Appendix 3 U2's Videos 175

Appendix 4 Bono's Awards 179

Appendix 5 U2's Awards 181

Further Reading 183

Index 185

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