Some are born great. — Some achieve greatness. — Some have greatness thrust upon them. — And some have the misfortune — to go to school with Bono.
— Everyone wants to be famous. But as a young punk in Dublin in the 1970s, Neil McCormick's ambitions went way beyond mere pop stardom. It was his destiny to be a veritable Rock... more » God. He had it all worked out: the albums, the concerts, the quest for world peace. There was only one thing he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting on the other side of the classroom had plans of his own.
Killing Bono is a story of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to global superstardom, his school friend Neil scorched a burning path in quite the opposite direction. Bad drugs, weird sex, bizarre haircuts: Neil experienced it all in his elusive quest for fame. But sometimes it is life's losers who have the most interesting tales to tell.
Featuring guest appearances by the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono offers an extremely funny, startlingly candid, and strangely moving account of a life lived in the shadows of superstardom.
"The problem with knowing you is that you've done everything I ever wanted to," Neil once complained to his famous friend. "I'm your doppelganger," Bono replied. "If you want your life back, you'll have to kill me."
A delightfully entertaining book for fans of U2 and Bono. I have read the bios and their history, but this was a nice perspective from their schoolmate and friend (who is now a rock critic) as he experienced his own disappointments in the music business and watched them explode to worldwide stardom. A forward by Bono is included and it covers a number of conversations with Bono through the years. It increased my admiration for the unique individuals that are U2. Highly recommend!