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Now in paperback--the only available biography of one of rock's most charismatic front men. In a career spanning more than two decades, U2 has become one of the most popular rock acts in the world, commanding both critical adulation and huge commercial success. And U2's guiding light is undoubtedly front man Bo, a fascinating and multifaceted star, equally at home conversing with the Pope about Third World debt or taking center stage at the Grammys. Bo's impassioned songwriting and talent for reinvention have enabled U2 to triumph over every challenge and remain at the forefront of rock, while never compromising artistic vision or integrity. Born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland, Bo teamed up with Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, and Dave Evans (later kwn as the Edge) when all four attended the same high school in Dublin. In this insightful biography, Laura Jackson traces Bo's life from those Dublin roots to his current status as international rock icon. She explores the band's musical journey from its 1980 debut album, Boy, through to the global triumph of 2001's Elevation tour, and tracks Bo's evolution into an intensely charismatic and powerful performer. Bo: His Life, Music, and Passions also delves behind the scenes to reveal Bo's nmusical aspirations and inspirations. Whether speaking out against apartheid, nuclear testing, or in his role as spokesman for the Jubilee 2000 project (w Drop the Debt), Bo has become an ardent advocate for political and personal causes. In the process he's earned the respect of world leaders such as former president Bill Clinton and UN Secretary Kofi Annan, traveled to Africa on a fact-finding tour with U.S. Treasury Secretary PaulO'Neill, and been hailed by Q Magazine as the most powerful figure in the music industry. Despite the trappings of fame and fortune, Bo remains devoted to his wife, Ali, and their children, and maintains a unique connection with his fans. Here's a chance to see beyond the public persona to the remarkable man beneath--generous, genuine, shrewd, passionate, and the most intriguing and individual rock star of our times.