What other rock star has the numbers for both Nelson Mandela and George W Bush on his speed-dial? Who else could have convinced the US to return $435 million in cancelled Third World debt last year?
In this fully updated paperback edition of Bono: In the Name of Love, acclaimed music writer Mick Wall presents an engaging and detailed portrait of the most unique and inspiring figure in popular music today. Not only is Bono the front man of the internationally successful U2, he is also the most overtly politicised rock superstar since John Lennon and an extremely effective lobbyist, fundraiser and political buccaneer. He is also one of the very few major rock artists to open up about his deepest spiritual beliefs and not be despised for it.
With a long history of campaigning behind him – from the movingly rousing Sunday Bloody Sunday to the moment he phoned then US President Bill Clinton live on stage as images of war-ravaged Sarajevo flashed across giant screens behind him – politics and rock n roll have always been inextricably linked in Bono's mind. This biography is a fascinating account of how Bono arrived at this point. From his boyhood in Dublin raised by a Protestant mother and Catholic father, to his mother's sudden death whilst he was still a teenager, through to the formation of U2, Bono's is one of the great rock stories.