Bono: Soul Searching and Uncensored [NOOK Book]


(Please note this book is an anthology of interviews, with the Back Story of each interview, it is not a biography of Bono)
Bono once told Irish music journaist, Joe Jackson, in response to a critical profile Jackson wrote in 2000 for a newspaper "Yours is a critical voice and, please, (Laughs) stick the boot in, [or] praise. We have that kind of relationship. It is one of respect." Now, "liberated by what Bono said back then, I have applied that approach to this book, with ...

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(Please note this book is an anthology of interviews, with the Back Story of each interview, it is not a biography of Bono)
Bono once told Irish music journaist, Joe Jackson, in response to a critical profile Jackson wrote in 2000 for a newspaper "Yours is a critical voice and, please, (Laughs) stick the boot in, [or] praise. We have that kind of relationship. It is one of respect." Now, "liberated by what Bono said back then, I have applied that approach to this book, with delight!"
However he also explains that the book, "is, as its title suggests, Bono soul searchng and uncensored" and "only critical, when it needs to be, which amounts to no more than 5% of the text."
The book contains for the first time in print the full, 15,000 words plus version of Jackson’s 1993 world exclusive, and highly regarded, by U2 fans, and Bono himself, “improvised” Zooropa interview, which was published all over the world, in varying lenghts, usually "highly edited."
This book also contains another world exclusive which has never been published - a nearly 7,000 word Q & A interview Bono gave the author in 1994 about, says Jackson, “his love of Elvis and analyses in detail the influence Elvis had on him and U2, overall.”
For example, when Jackson suggested to Bono, that U2 might be "selling their souls" as a result of their "business ventures" and that this might "pollute their art, and music" Bono decribed that attitude as "madness," claimed, "business shouldn't be left our of the creatve process" and revealed for the first time that U2 took their inspiration in this sense, in part, from Presley's catchphrase, 'TCB," as in Taking Care of Busness.
Jackson also asked Bono “Does the fact that Elvis’s life apparently ended as a result of drug abuse make you keep a check on your own indulgences? Does any of thsi resonate for you?" U2's singer replied, tellingly, "No. What I want from my life is a wholeness that I don't believe Elvis had." Then he explained, in detail why this was his belief.
Bono: Soul Searchng and Uncensored is filled with such revelations and a must, as they say, for fans of Bono, who may have thought they know all there is to know about the man.
This book also contains in newly written sections titled 'Back Story' a behind the scenes look at every encounter Jackson had with U2 and their manager, Paul McGuinness, including a colourful collision with The Edge.
"Some fans may have read the Zooropa interviews" says Jackson, "But they won't fully undertand them until they read the background story of my, sometimes rocky relationship with U2. 'Rocky' seems right, in every sense!"
Joe Jackson also tells the background story of why Johnny Cash thanked him for "helping me hook up with U2" for the recording The Wanderer, the title of which, incidentally, Bono choose at the author's suggestion.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045196932
  • Publisher: Joe Jackson
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 934,923
  • File size: 259 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Jackson, June 18th 2012,that pic of me is memory of a wonderful moment last Saturday, Bloomsday. Along with 110 other Irish writers I took part in a 28 hour reading session at the Irish Writer's Centre where we all attempted to break the Guinness Book of Records world record for public reading and did! I was thrilled.

I'm probably best known as an interviewer who has published five books and had my articles included in newspapers and magazines all over the world, from The Irish Times - I was their music interviewer for a decade - to Playboy and Rolling Stone. But I'm a writer! I decided at nine years old to become a journalist, when I saw a movie called Deadline Midnight, starring Jack Webb, that made journalism seem like a knightly quest. But when I was 20 my dad told me one night that he was abandoning his secret dream of "becoming a literary creator"and, in a knightly fashion, I picked up the gauntlet and decided to become both a journalist and literary creator. What a stupid thing to do, right?

But I can be stupid in ways,and after years of working on plays, poetry, memoir, and even giving readings of my own poetry, I moved into music journalism in 1985, with an Irish magazine that sadly now I'd rather not name. By 1988 The Irish Times was saying that magazine was "noted for its probing interviews conducted by" little old me. I loved interviewing right away, it helped me bring together my passion for literature, psychology, and even poetry, in ways. Then I did a degree in Popular Culture and started to apply also a socio-political microscope to people I interviewed and it all became even more fun.

I mean that seriously, folks. At the time, during the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, I was interviewing, or rather "grilling" terrorists, politicians, even a Taoiseach and two future presidents of Ireland.

So, now, I've drawn back from interviewing and with my new series of self-published book, The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus, I am making available the original, unexpurgated typescripts, plus the Back Story of my experience with each interviewee, and drawing heavily on diaries I kept at the time. I'm also exploring the option of making my more than 1,000 interviews available as MP3's and/or CD's.

Upcoming subjects for The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus series include, Bono, Tori Amos, Gerry Adams, Richard Harris, Elvis, Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, The Chieftains, Bob Geldof, The Corrs and themed books such as 'Sex', 'Drugs' and, you guessed it 'Rock 'n' Roll'!

I do hope I sell a few copies and can continue creating what will be my real legacy, as opposed to the versions of my work that are sold without my permission elsewhere and too often bastardised version of my writings, sadly!

If you read this far, I thank you for that! You must be a sucker for punishment!

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