U2 frontman Bono took to the blogosphere to ring in the New Year on Thursday, posting a 6,000-word reflection on his year entitled “Little Big Book of a Big Year: Bono’s A to Z of 2014,” including notes on the hubbub around the free iTunes release of U2’s latest album and the November bicycle accident that left him with a broken arm.
The Irish musician speculated that his guitar-playing days may be behind him, saying, “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”
That tongue-in-cheek tone runs throughout the post, but, given Bono’s humanitarian efforts, it unsurprisingly touches on such serious topics as ISIS, international poverty and the loss of artists including Peaches Geldof, Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
He also addressed the much-maligned release of U2’s latest album, which was automatically downloaded onto millions of iOS devices whether or not people wanted it.
“Our album was to be like a bottle of milk dropped at the door of anyone interested in music and iTunes. As I understand it, the journey from the front door to the fridge and into what to some people felt was their bowl of cereal has something to do with a switch called ‘automatic download’ — if you turn it on, you sign up for being pushed stuff.”
He went on to praise iTunes for the service’s willingness to provide the music for free, and also to point out that there was not, in fact, any violation of human rights in the process.
The full blog post, which includes praise for Jimmy Fallon and Kanye West, among others, can be found on U2.com.