Bono discusses his new memoir, 'Surrender,' and the faith at U2's core | NPR

Morning Edition host Rachel Martin speaks to rock star Bono about his memoir, “Surrender.” They cover his early days in U2 – and the faith that’s informed their work and sustained him over the years.

It was 1976. An Irish kid named Paul Hewson was trying to figure a lot of things out; his mom had died a couple years earlier, when he was just 14. Bono, as he was known, spent a lot of time at home, in Dublin, arguing with his dad and his older brother. But two goals kept him focused — to win over the heart of a girl named Alison Stewart and to become a rock star.

In the same week, both things happened — he asked Alison out (and she said yes) and he ended up in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for an audition. Two other guys were there, Adam Clayton and David Evans, also known as The Edge. The four of them would go on to become one of the biggest bands of their time, U2. (And by the way, Bono is still married to Alison, now surnamed Hewson, 40 years later.)

Bono writes about these foundational relationships in his new memoir, called “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” releasing Nov. 1. In it, he also delves into another core relationship: his spirituality. Though never a mass-on-Sundays kind of Catholic, from a young age he was fascinated with mysticism and ritual – and Jesus.


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0:00 – Intro
1:04 – The most consequential decision Bono has ever made
4:37 – Bono’s relationship with his father
7:57 – Bono on faith and where religion fits into his life
13:44 – The risk of “seeking to be filled with the extraordinary”


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