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The author of this exuberant rock memoir went to school with the members of super-group U2 and stayed friends with Bono (ne Paul Hewson) as he rose from garage-band front-man to rock colossus to world dignitary thanks to his stumping for debt relief for the world's poorest countries. But the book is less about the distant figure of Bono than about McCormick's feverish quest to emulate his success in a series of bands; he spent 10 thrilling, agonizing years on the brink of making it. The result is a funny, jaundiced celebration of rock 'n' roll fantasy and reality, chronicling the music, the debauchery, the search for band mates who can play an instrument, the philistinism of major label A&R reps, the wasted talents of the wannabes they crush, the seething resentment toward those who make it and the intoxicating rush of live performance that transfigures even those who don't. McCormick, now the rock critic for Britain's Daily Telegraph, includes some overwritten analysis of Bono's lyrics and musings on God and the meaning of life, but his book is also full of trenchant observations of the 1970s Dublin punk scene and the shifting styles of 1980s New Wave and pop. McCormick's is an authentic, gripping rock 'n' roll voice, veering between self-importance and self-loathing on an unsteady journey toward self-knowledge.
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'Envy may be a sin, but it is a godsend to drama. Honest and always hilarious' Daily Telgraph 'Fantastic, very funny. The best sort of book about rock, being both personal and intimate ... illuminating a dozen big subjects by side-light' -- Andrew O'hagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Not to mention anyone who has tried and failed. Hopefully that is everyone. While the themes are universally relevant, Neil's storytelling and the structure is exceptional.Published 11 months ago by J.R.
I thought this was a great book, funny and engaging. I am an 80's kid, LOVE U2 and of Irish descent, so I could totally relate to this book. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by David McConnellritared
I really enjoyed this book in how it approaches the story. At first we read about the early days at Mount Temple Comprehensive and the author's relationships and interactions with... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by pixelman
I've just finished reading one of the funniest memoirs in recent memory, Killing Bono by Neil McCormick. As the back cover reads, Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by L. Alper
A great heartfelt story of how ruthless the music business can be.
Not just for U2 fans although there is good stuff about their early years.
I absolutely loved this book! It is a real underdog story and laugh out loud funny. I am a huge U2 fan and this book wasn't directly about U2 but was written by one of their good... Read morePublished on January 8, 2007 by S. Berglund
So I adopt a Zen koan, Bono for Buddha, but the moral remains: you should not set up as an idol the goal you seek, or limit how you envision the fulfillment of your potential and... Read morePublished on November 28, 2006 by John L Murphy
This book is a blitz of fame, fortune, and failure. It is a thorougly amusing read for all lovers of U2. Read morePublished on May 17, 2006 by Peanutbudder