Legendary Irish musician and activist Bono will tell the story of his life and career in a new memoir.
Alfred A. Knopf will publish the U2 frontman’s Surrender this fall, the press announced in a news release.
“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 14, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands, to his more than 20 years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty,” Knopf said.
Bono was an original member of U2, which formed in Dublin in 1976. The quartet went on to become one of the most enduring acts in rock and roll, with hit singles like “In the Name of Love” and “One.” Their latest studio album, Songs of Experience, was released in 2017.
Surrender is told in 40 chapters, each one named after a U2 song. The band’s YouTube channel posted an animated video featuring Bono reading an excerpt from the chapter “Out of Control.”
“When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs,” Bono said in a statement. “Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress…with a fair amount of fun along the way.
Surrender is scheduled for publication on Nov. 1.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.