Set for publication on November 1st is Bono‘s memoir, titled, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story. Each chapter is based around the title of a specific U2 song and features hand drawings by the singer.

Rolling Stone quoted Bono as explaining the brief of Surrender: “When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the Seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress. . .  With a fair amount of fun along the way.”

In the chapter titled “Out Of Control,” Bono writes: “Why go all the way to Timbuktu as a war correspondent when there’s so much good material under my bed? The fears and specters under my pillow. The reasons I sometimes don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t yet know that rock and roll — punk rock in particular — will prove my liberation. That it will end my occupation of my bed.”


  • Back in 2019 U2 issued a limited edition 12-inch vinyl release celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band’s first release, titled Three.
  • The 1979 single features the tracks “Out Of Control,” “Stories For Boys,” and “Boy-Girl” and was newly-remastered and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl.
  • “Out Of Control” and “Stories For Boys” were re-recorded for U2’s debut album, Boy, which was released on October 20th, 1980.

CHECK IT OUT: U2 on June 5th, 1983 performing “Out Of Control” from Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky: