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Bono makes headlines -- literally

U2 crooner Bono is the guest newspaper editor Tuesday at The Independent, a daily tabloid newspaper in Britain. The newspaper donated half its revenue for the day to Bono's campaign to fight AIDS in Africa.

The lead headline: "NO NEWS TODAY" ... but in smaller type -- "Just 6,500 Africans died as a result of a preventable, treatable disease."

Bono's edition had a large dose of AIDS-related news, including an interview of Prime Minister Tony Blair, conducted by Bono himself. The two discussed global warning, educational initiatives for poor nations and the health crisis in Africa.

The edition also featured commentaries by Nelson Mandela, Bob Geldof, Elvis Costello and Eddie Izzard.

It wasn't all serious hard news. Bono gave space for a Q&A with fashion king Giorgio Armani. And U2 guitarist The Edge tells the story of how musicians in New Orleans are rebuilding their culture in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Another interesting tidbit added by the Editor in Chief: Top 10 Works of Music, as chosen by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A lot of classical music, but Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Elton John's "Rocket Man" make the list. As does "anything by U2." What a suck-up.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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