Overcoming my dad telling me that I could never amount to anything is what has made me the megalomaniac that you see today.Bono
I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that’s what makes them extraordinary.Bono
U2 is sort of song writing by accident really. We don’t really know what we’re doing and when we do, it doesn’t seem to help.Bono
The great moments of rock ‘n’ roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto.Bono
I used to love Kurt Cobain, when he was telling people we’re a pop band. People would laugh, they thought of it as good old ironic Kurt. But he wasn’t being ironic.Bono
Selling out is doing something you don’t really want to do for money. That’s what selling out is.Bono
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.Bono
Who is Bono?
Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born May 10, 1960) is an Irish singer-songwriter, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist known by his stage name Bono.
He is best known as rock band U2’s lead vocalist and primary lyricist. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, as well as schoolmates with whom he had formed U2 in 1976.
His expressive vocal style and grandiose gestures and songwriting soon identified Bono as a passionate frontman for the band. His lyrics are known for their social and political themes, and for their religious imagery inspired by his Christian beliefs. Bono’s lyrics contributed to the rebellious and spiritual tone of the group during the early years of U2.
As the band matured, his lyrics became more inspired by personal experiences shared by the other members. Bono has won 22 Grammy Awards as a member of U2, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bono is well known for his social justice advocacy, both through U2 and as an person. He is particularly involved in campaigning for Africa where he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red.
In pursuit of these causes, he participated in advantage concerts and met with prominent leaders. Bono was lauded for his philanthropic efforts; Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom awarded him an honorary knighthood for “his contributions to the music industry and for his charitable work” and made commander of the French Order of Arts and Lettres.
Bono was named one of the Time People of the Year in 2005. He has collaborated with various artists outside of the band.
He has worked on many projects with U2 bandmate the Edge, including: songs for Roy Orbison and Tina Turner; musical soundtracks for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and A Clockwork Orange’s London stage adaptation; and Dublin’s Clarence Hotel refurbishment.
He is the executive director and managing partner of Elevation Partners, a private equity company which has invested in many companies