When it comes to songwriting, Bono is in a lane all his own.
His ability to combine very personal writing with the anthemic backing tracks of U2 has proven to be a successful formula, keeping the band in the public for almost 40 years.
U2 has sold over 170 million records around the world, won 22 Grammys (more than any other band), and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The U2 frontman turns 59 today, and in honour of his legacy, we’re looking at ten of our favourite quotes.
“My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.”
“What I like about pop music, and why I’m still attracted to it, is that in the end it becomes our folk music.”
“The great moments of rock ‘n’ roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto.”
“I always think if you are asking somebody for something it is a good idea to give them something first.”
“As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.”
“Rock ‘n’ roll is ridiculous. It’s absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we’re wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.”
“The less you know, the more you believe.”
The job of art is to chase ugliness away.”
“We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.”
“If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It’s a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting.”