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Posted May 1, 2005
Interesting & Funny, Insightful & Frustrating
This is a story of Neil McCormick's life and his frustrating path through the music business during the 80's and 90's. It relates to U2 in that he was/is friends with the members of U2 and their families since their school days. In the book he tells many funny antidotes about events involving U2, particularly Bono, from his own perspective, and in so doing, often brings them down a peg or two. I enjoyed reading the U2 parts and Neil McCormick is an amusing writer. However, the whole story is very frustrating because of McCormick's inability to 'make it' in the music business (and not for lack of trying) and his constant, sometimes neurotic comparisons of himself to Bono. Anyone who compares himself to Bono's career is going to come up short. As a reader and a U2 fan since 1980, I could relate to much of his story, being on the 'outside looking in', ever since U2 became mega rock stars. That not withstanding, Neil McCormick has done more and achieved more than most of us in his life and in believing that it is not enough just because he hasn't reached his childhood goals of 'Bono-dom', makes the reader feel even more insignificantk, pedestrian and unaccomplished.
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