BONO IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHKA ASSAYAS PDF

Bono has ratings and reviews. Elizabeth said: Okay, Bono is just incredible as we all know. I am interested in him as a person because I admire. Review of “Bono: In Conversation with Michka. Assayas”. David M. Johnstone. George Fox University, [email protected] Follow this and additional. Here, in a series of conversations with his friend, the music journalist, Michka Assayas, Bono reflects on his transformation from extrovert singer.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bono by Michka Assayas. For the first time ever, Bono-the biggest rock star in the world-tells his life story. Bono’s career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of Vonversation, Bono has sold million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, mihcka he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W.

Bush to Nelson Mandela on For the first time ever, Bono-the biggest rock star in the world-tells his life story. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his wity sweetheart since His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clich? In a conversahion of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas, a music journalist who has been with the band conversatoin the very beginning, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World.

He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion. A Self-Portrait in Iwth is the closest we will come, convversation now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2. Hardcover michla, pages. Mickha April 21st by Riverhead Hardcover first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Bonoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Okay, Bono is just incredible as we all know. I am interested in him as a person because I admire his work, both musically and on behalf of those in poverty.

He is a role model to me, strange as it may seem, because I usually have female role models. I have to say, that after reading this book, I want to know more about his wife, Ali. Convsrsation is phenomenal, too. Bono and I don’t have much in common, except the Irish blood coursing through our veins. But that is huge to me! Growing up Irish in the 70 Okay, Bono is just incredible as we all know. Growing up Irish in the 70s and 80s and having U2’s contribution to humanity happening simultaneously was a very happy time for Irish Americans.

We felt a lot of pride for this band and this person. It is already an older book, but there were significant insights into this person. I can’t touch his faith which I find remarkable. I would like to be more faith-filled. At one point Bono says he admires, “So to make it through success and still have manners, to still have curiousity, intellectual curiousity, to still have some grace, to keep your dignity, that is really I’m not one, but I’d like to be.

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He could see the good in people which I think is a very admirable trait. This is not to say that he doesn’t think there is ‘evil’–he does. But clearly he thinks we can do something about it! View all 3 comments. Sep 17, hadashi rated it really liked it. That it would seek to explain itself and describe cohversation by becoming a child born in straw poverty, in shit and straw Unknowable love, unknowable power, describes itself as the most vulnerable.

Love needs to find form, intimacy needs to be whispered Sep 08, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: The reason this book stands out is because Assayas doesn’t keep his journalistic distance but presses into his friend and asks him the tough questions. He presses Bono on not speaking about Africa for over a decade and points out to him that colonialism in France was left-wing and championed by humanitarians. Bono doesn’t really respond and dismisses wit idea of irresponsible borrowing by African nations at one point but he does admit that aid created worse conditions and has propped up despots The reason this book stands out is because Assayas doesn’t keep his journalistic distance but presses into his friend and asks him the tough questions.

Bono doesn’t really respond and dismisses the idea of irresponsible borrowing by African nations at one point but he does admit that aid created worse conditions and has propped up despots but he says that can be avoided by placing strict conditions on the money.

At another point Bono michhka that he’s not for a paternalistic attitude concerning Africa but later talks about rewards systems that sound paternalistic to me. He asks that we not see him as some wide-eyed idealist and then says we’ve got to starting bringing Heaven down to Earth now.

Not surprisingly he’s a bundle of contradictions.

Book Review: Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

At first blush it appears that he has reachable goals when it comes to charity: Because not all debt was cancelled mcihka just like all collectivists this is a plan that can never be fulfilled so these groups will never be satisfied in their social agendas and demands. One of my favorite passages is where he says that if you believe that aid is investment, that debt burden is unjust, in other words all his liberal suppositions, then the conclusion is that Africans cnoversation be able to take charge of their own destiny.

Even if cknversation follow asaayas his rationale the conclusions don’t follow from the premises. He believes that the West’s treatment of Africans is the last bastion of inequality that we allow, says that we essentially have them chained to the ground, and insinuates that it is our racism that prevents us from giving more. Bono claims that he’s tired of begging for “crumbs” from the table of the mich,a but he sees giving almost exclusively in terms of governments-to-government transfers.

He dubiously claims that a America is at the bottom of spending on the poorest countries and b that even if you include private philanthropy that America is still abysmally behind.

He admits that the Sandinistas fascinated him because they were a majority and he was seeing liberation theology in practice.

He was interested in socialism that didn’t attempt to put down faith and used religion to inform the people of their rights. He was exploring his pacifism too and knows that Gandhi would say it is never appropriate to take up arms. While this book contains the clearest presentation of the Gospel by Bono in any venue it still has the smirking nonsense he mochka known for.

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Christ teaches that God is love The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across as Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross. And like many of michk topics outside of music, he holds sometimes interesting, sometimes quirky views but generally lacking wisdom or insight. Jun 19, Faith Spinks rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this to be a fascinating read and thoroughly inspiring on a good number of occasions as well.

I remain torn between 4 and 5 stars. My ideal would be 4. The interview format of the book made it different to a standard biography but worked well at creating an atmosphere of closeness to Bono, as if you were there for the conversations with them.

This was especially well created by Michka’s simple scene setting for many of the interviews along the way I found this to be a fascinating read and thoroughly inspiring on a good number of occasions as well.

This was especially well created by Michka’s simple scene setting for many of the interviews along the way. You felt the respect and friendship between the two men demonstrated in the openness and honesty of both the questions and answers.

At the end of the book I remain a great respecter of Bono and continue to commend his determination to fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Some favourite quotes from the book: To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I’m deadly serious about that. So I can live without happiness.

Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas by Michka Assayas – Books – Hachette Australia

If that’s the price of fame, good riddance! Joy, on the other hand, is not up for sale. Because it’s rare that the gift comes with grace. Some of the biggest arseholes I’ve ever met are the most gifted. Because it’s “pretty girl” bonoo. Being gifted is like being born beautiful. You don’t have to work a day in a year in your life for it.

You were born with it. In one sense, it’s like blue blood, money, gift, or beauty. They are the things that should make you the most humble, because they are not the things you have earned. They are the things you were given. Yet, it is my experience that they male people the most spoiled. And the people who work the hardest, and who have overcome the most obstacles on their life, who have reason to beat their breasts are the most humble, sometimes. I can’t get over that. To make it through success and still have manners, to still have curiosity, intellectual curiosity, to still fonversation some grace, to keep your dignity, that is really There is stuff fallen everywhere.

There are some very important ideas next to dome very silly ones. There is a bottle of wine that was opened five years ago, and there is a lunch I haven’t eaten from last summer.