U2 frontman Bono announced the release date for his memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, will be Nov. 1st. According to publisher Alfred A. Knopf, the memoir is “the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.”

The book is named Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story since each chapter is titled after a different U2 song, and Bono has also created 40 original drawings for the project. Bono said in a statement: “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 ‘70s 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.”

The book and an an unabridged audio companion on CD will be released on November 1st via Random House Publishing. The book, in both hardcover and audio form, can be pre-ordered here.

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