The long-rumored memoir of U2 frontman Bono is out on November 1st. Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday (May 10) that the book, which was first signed in 2015 but not officially published at the time, will be named Give up. Reports that he had a deal date back to at least 2019.
“When I started writing this book, I hoped to draw in detail what I had previously only sketched in song,” the 62-year-old Irish singer and activist, born Paul David Hewson, said in a statement. “The people, places and opportunities in my life. Give up is a word full of meaning to me. Growing up fists (musically speaking) raised in Ireland in the 70’s it wasn’t a natural concept. A word I just circled until I had my thoughts for the book. I still struggle with this most humiliating command.
“In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of a pilgrim’s lack of progress. . . With a good portion of fun along the way.”
The book’s subtitle is “40 Songs, One Story,” a reference to the structure of Give up: 40 chapters, each named after a U2 song. The band’s many hits include “With Or Without You”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
Bono and U2 guitarist The Edge played a surprise set in a subway station in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, that was used as a bomb shelter to show their support for Ukrainians fighting off Russia’s unprovoked war. The singer tweeted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “invited us to perform in Kyiv as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and that’s why we came.”