Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger Paperback – 1700
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1) A vivid portrait of growing up a rock fan in Ireland in the 70's and coming of age as a struggling rock musician in the 80's
2) An excellent portrait of the makings of a supergroup and rock icon written from a fascinating perspective- a long time friend who is STILL a friend.
3) A great autobiographical rumination on letting go of your dreams while building new ones and embracing the person you are.
As a U2 fan, I loved the captions with Bono. It's refreshing when a famous person who seems to be a nice person in the glare of celebrity actually turns out to be a nice person behind the scenes. Bono comes across as a good guy and genuine person.
I like that the two are still friends nearly thirty years later despite their different experiences. It's as if Paul McCartney had still shared a pint and chewed the fat with Pete Best on occasion....
A wonderful aspect of the book is that confirms that you never outgrow your true friends (and shouldn't)and that you shouldn't forget where you came from....
Mr. McCormick- please write another book! You are a fine talent and more importantly- a fine human being....
Anyone who ever has even remotely dreamed of making it in a band (HELLO-OOO all you folks) must read this book. Mr. McCormick pulls no punches. He shovels the blame on incompetentcy, including his own. He documents the rise from gymnasium cover band to the most exhaulted level stardom by his school chums in U2, particularly Bono to whom he remains close.
The comparison and contrast could not delineate a clearer gap.
The writing reads as rapidly as a Ramones song: "onetotreefo" so you never get the slightest bit bored or anxious over the author's misguided efforts and tragicomic outcomes. How many ways can a band win in the music biz? Well, there's only one way things work when you're successful. How many ways can things get screwed up? Incalculable.
A modern classic is what we got with this. Sadly, I don't know if the ol' boy has anything left for a follow-up of substance. But he certainly did provide plenty of insight in this book.