Few rock stars have the staying power of three decades. Between fame and temptation, grueling tour schedules, and an ever-changing fan base, this is not an occupation that lends itself to a lengthy career. Far more typical are the one-hit wonders—the young meteorites who have their fifteen minutes and then quickly burn away.

Four decades after bursting onto the music scene, Bono is clearly one of the exceptions. Since forming U2 in the late 1970s, Bono and his fellow bandmates have as of 2010 released more than twenty albums, sold in excess of 150 million records, won twenty-two Grammy awards, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have performed in countries around the world and collaborated with everyone from ...

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