Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger

Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger

by Neil McCormick
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Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger by Neil McCormick

Longtime friend and reporter, Neil McCormick, reveals childhood and present day stories about Bono and his band, U2.

Some are born great.
Some achieve greatness.
Some have greatness thrust upon them.
And some have the misfortune
to go to school with Bono.

Everyone wants to be famous. But as a young punk in Dublin in the 1970s, Neil McCormick's ambitions went way beyond mere pop stardom. It was his destiny to be a veritable Rock God. He had it all worked out: the albums, the concerts, the quest for world peace. There was only one thing he hadn't counted on. The boy sitting on the other side of the classroom had plans of his own.

Killing Bono is a story of divergent lives. As Bono and his band U2 ascended to global superstardom, his school friend Neil scorched a burning path in quite the opposite direction. Bad drugs, weird sex, bizarre haircuts: Neil experienced it all in his elusive quest for fame. But sometimes it is life's losers who have the most interesting tales to tell.

Featuring guest appearances by the Pope, Bob Dylan, and a galaxy of stars, Killing Bono offers an extremely funny, startlingly candid, and strangely moving account of a life lived in the shadows of superstardom.
“The problem with knowing you is that you've done everything I ever wanted to,” Neil once complained to his famous friend. “I'm your doppelganger,” Bono replied. “If you want your life back, you'll have to kill me.”

Now there was a thought...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416505563
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 10/19/2005
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 635 KB

About the Author

Neil McCormick, a columnist for London's Daily Telegraph, has written for publications in the UK including GQ, Marie Claire, The Sunday Times, and The Observer. He lives in London.

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PSU2Girl More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the title of this book I was horrified because I am a HUGE U2 fan and Bono worshipper. Upon reading the subtitle and brief description of the book I ordered it immediately. (My first Nook purchase!) It is a very well written story filled with McCormick's 'memories' and plenty of U2 references. I truly felt like I was there right along McCormick and the boys from U2 (don't I wish!! ) Any true U2 fan will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is a fun read as McCormick is very funny with equal parts sarcasm and an almost unhealthy optimism. I recommend this book to any and all U2 fans who crave a peek into their past and their beginnings. It made me appreciate them even more....these insanely huge internationally known super rock stars that came from nothing and in some cases, tragedy (motherless). I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I fealt how bad this character wanted to get famous, just like how I want to be famous, and all the crushing points in the music industry. It shows that it is not easy to live out your dream, that even if you try your hardest it might still not work out.
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