(Pdf) [Bono In Conversation with Michka Assayas] BY Michka Assayas
The two men demonstrated in the openness and honesty of both the uestions and answers At the nd of the book I remain a honesty of both the uestions and answers At the nd of the book I remain a respecter of Bono and continue to commend his determination to fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselvesSome favourite uotes from the book It is impossible to meet God without abandon without xposing yourself being raw I wish to begin again on a daily basis To be born again very day is something that I try to do And I m deadly serious about that Happiness is for those who don t really it So I can live without happiness If that s "THE PRICE OF FAME RIDDANCE "price of fame good riddance on the other hand is not up for sale And my joy comes from a completely different place The ones whose light will remain with me long after they have burnt out are the ones that had grace Because it s rare that the gift comes with grace Some of the biggest arseholes I ve ver met are the most gifted Because it s pretty girl syndrome Being gifted is like being born beautiful You don t have to work a day in a year in your life for it You were born with it In one sense it s like blue blood money gift or beauty They are the things that should make you the most humble because they are not the things you have En plein coeur earned They are the things you were given Yet it is myxperience that they male people the most spoiled And the people who work the hardest and who have overcome the most obstacles on their life who have reason to beat their breasts are the most humble sometimes I can t get over that it s bewildering to me To make it through success and still have manners to still have curiosity intellectual curiosity to still have some grace to keep your dignity that is really rare I have a room which is in my brain and it s very very very untidy There is stuff fallen The Bookshop on the Shore everywhere There are some very important ideas next to dome very silly ones There is a bottle of wine that was opened five years ago and there is a lunch I haven taten from last summer There are faces of children who are going to die but don t have to There s my fathers face telling me to tidy up my room So that s what I m doing tidying my room The reason this book stands out is because Assayas doesn t keep his journalistic distance but presses into his friend and asks him the tough uestions He presses Bono on not speaking about Africa for over a decade and points out to him that colonialism in France was left wing and championed by humanitarians Bono doesn t really respond and dismisses the idea of irresponsible borrowing by African nations at one point but he does admit that aid created worse conditions and has propped up despots but he says that can be avoided by placing strict conditions on the money At another point Bono says that he s not for a paternalistic attitude concerning Africa but later talks about rewards systems that sound paternalistic to me He asks that we not see him as some wide Dance Real Slow eyed idealist and then says we ve got to starting bringing Heaven down to Earth now Not surprisingly he s a bundle of contradictionsAt first blush it appears that he has reachable goals when it comes to charity hexplained to The Art of Memoir economist Robert Barro and others that the Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation was a one time happening and would notncourage default on future debts so why is there still a Jubilee campaign Because not all debt was cancelled so just like all collectivists this is a plan that can never be fulfilled so these groups will never be satisfied in their social agendas and demands One of my favorite passages is where he says that if you believe that aid is investment that debt burden is unjust in other words all his liberal suppositions then the conclusion is that Africans will be able to take charge of their own destiny Even if you follow all his rationale the conclusions don t follow from the premises He believes that the West s treatment of Africans is the last bastion of ineuality that we allow says that we The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life essentially have them chained to the ground and insinuates that it is our racism that prevents us from giving Bono claims that he s tired of begging for crumbs from the table of the rich but he sees giving almostxclusively in terms of governments to government transfers He dubiously claims that a America is at the bottom of spending on the poorest countries and b that ven if you include private philanthropy that America is still abysmally behind In fact in 2006 US charitable giving was 29502 billion which is twice as much as the next most charitable country according to a 2006 comparison done by the Charities Aid Foundation As percentage of GDP the US ranks 1st with 17% and Great Britain is 2nd at73%He admits that the Sandinistas fascinated him because they were a majority and he was seeing liber. Er critical global issues He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982 His life at all turns resists the rock star clichs In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas a music journalist who has been with the band since the very beginning Bono reflects on his transformation from the. ,
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If you think of Bono as a poet rather than a rock star then you won t be surprised at the level of introspection and insight that is revealed in this book Granted I think you have to be a U2 fan to njoy it like I did but there are interesting discussions about the music industry poverty in the third world and his Christian faith Here are a couple interesting passagesIt s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the Universe I m absolutely sure of it And yet along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that as you reap so will you sow stuff Grace defies reason and logic Love interrupts if you like the conseuences of your actions which in my case is very good news indeed because I ve done a lot of stupid stuffI d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge I d be in deep shit It doesn t xcuse my mistakes but I m holding out for Grace I m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross because I know who I am and I hope I don t have to depend on my own religiositythe Christmas story The idea that God if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe that it would seek to xplain itself and describe itself by becoming a child in straw poverty in shit and straw a childI just thought Wow Just the poetryUnknowable love unknowable power describes itself as the most vulnerable To me it makes sense It s actually logical It s pure logic Essence has to manifest itself It s inevitable Love has to become an action or something concrete It would have to happen There must be an incarnation Love must be made flesh A great book that is probably better than me in that I took off a star for all the Africa centric ness of the last uarter I m fully in support of Bono s work there and think it is inspiring to see someone doing so much for those who have so little but at the same time I admit my mind wanders after too long reading about debt reduction trade PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition etc The first 34 of the book are a bit personal which is appealing to me Bono is a smart intellectual man Sure he can go a little overboard in hyping new U2 albums but that doesn t mean he has a brilliant mind Hisveryday words are poetic The press loves it when he speaks because he gives fantastic soundbytes left right and centerAll of this being said Bono In Conversation is a brilliant concept It s like a biography only it is done completely in A interview format You truly get a look inside the man s thoughts and ideas I couldn t put it down First let me say that I m not a fan of Bono or U2 I don t mean that I actively dislike them what I do mean is that most of their songs don t grab me Bono has bleeped on my radar for his social justice work than anything lseIt s aimed at the fans going to depth on Bono s thoughts on verything from politics and philosophy to the ups and downs of life in the bandIt s thoughts on The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, everything from politics and philosophy to the ups and downs of life in the bandIt s ordered and Michka Assayas asks the tough uestions Bono clearly prefers to avoid some topics trying to go off on tangents but much of the time he does come around to giving an answerThe reason I like this book so much is that it shows me that Bonombodies the principles of the Foundation Of Christianity The Beatitudes of Christianity the Beatitudes written about in Plan Be by Dave Andrews and anyone seeking to be the best Christian they can be would do well to learn from him Bono You see at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma You know what you put out comes back to you an ye for an ye a tooth for a tooth or in physics in physical laws very action is met by an ual or an opposite one It s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe I m absolutely sure of it And yet along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that as you reap so you will sow stuff Grace defies reason and logic Love interrupts if you like the conseuences of your actions which in my case is very good news indeed because I ve done a lot of stupid stuffAssayas I d be interested to hear thatBono That s between me and God But I d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge I d be in deep shit It doesn t The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl excuse my mistakes but I m holding out for Grace I m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross because I know who I am and I hope I don t have to depend on my own religiosity I found this to be a fascinating read and thoroughly inspiring on a good number of occasions as well I remain torn between 4 and 5 stars My ideal would be 45 so I have gone for the generous optionThe interview format of the book made it different to a standard biography but worked well at creating an atmosphere of closeness to Bono as if you were there for the conversations with them This wasspecially well created by Michka s simple scene setting for many of the interviews along the way You felt the respect and friendship between. For the first time ver Bono the biggest rock star in the world tells his life story Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history As the lead singer of U2 Bono has sold 130 million albums won fourteen Grammys and played numerous sold out world tours but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief AIDS and oth. Hannah Montana: The Movie eyes around the AIDSpidemic and other problems xperienced in African countries I m glad that what this taught me is that a person who isn t trying to be someone whitewashed and politically correct whose faith is messy and out there but full of realness balls out craziness and has a keen ar for God s heart can really change the world uotes that stuck You know celebrity is ridiculous It s silly but it s a kind of currency and you have to spend it wisely On Christmas The idea that Godthe force of Love and Logic in the universe that it would seek to xplain itself is amazing nough That it would seek to xplain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty in shit and straw Unknowable love unknowable power describes itself as the most vulnerable Love needs to find form intimacy needs to be whisperedlove has to become an action I think the things that really communicate universally are humour grace and strength of character Be still and know that I am God Shut Up and Let Me Love You would be the pop song Okay Bono is just incredible as we all know I am interested in him as a person because I admire his work both musically and on behalf of those in poverty He is a role model to me strange as it may seem because I usually have female role models I have to say that after reading this book I want to know about his wife Ali She is phenomenal too Bono and I don t have much in common xcept the Irish blood coursing through our veins But that is huge to me Growing up Irish in the 70s and 80s and having U2 s contribution to humanity happening simultaneously was a very happy time for Irish Americans We felt a lot of pride for this band and this person The book is an interesting format a A Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts exchange which I liked It is already an older book but there were significant insights into this person I can t touch his faith which I find remarkable I would like to be faith filled At one point Bono says he admires So to make it through success and still have manners to still have curiousity intellectual curiousity to still have some grace to keep your dignity that is really rare I m not one but I d like to be I think Bono IS there and I was glad to learn about this great man and what he is thinkingWhat has stuck with me a few weeks after reading this book is that Bono is very accepting of all sorts of different kinds of people and was not willing to say bad things about anyone He could see the good in people which I think is a very admirable trait This is not to say that he doesn t think there isvil he does But clearly he thinks we can do something about it Coo. Extrovert singer of a small Irish post punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World He speaks candidly about his faith family commitment influences service and passion Bono A Self Portrait in Conversation is the closest we will come for now to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2.