20 February 2004
'Dante's Inferno for the MTV generation.'
Bill Carter's memoir 'Fools Rush In' is now published in Europe - and
winning rave reviews.
Regular U2.Commers will know Bill's name from our earlier extracts from his
then work-in-progress. Bill has now been travelling in Europe to promote
the book which Bono dubs 'Dante's Inferno for the MTV generation.'
And his documentary film, Miss Sarajevo, on which Bono was Executive
Producer, is now released on DVD
Long time fans may recall Bill's name from the early nineties when, living
in Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian war, he linked up with U2 to make
nightly live satellite broadcasts from Sarajevo into the Zoo TV shows. For
many concert-goers, it offered a startling insight into a war going on just
hundreds of miles from their own homes.
But this tale and the U2 connection - is only part of Bill's grander
narrative, which Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall, praises as 'a
memoir of grand dimension ... its consciousness will become part of your
It was following a personal tragedy that Carter set off for Bosnia,
eventually hooking up with a maverick aid organisation 'The Serious Road
Trip'. Dodging snipers and shells to deliver food and supplies to those the
UN and the NGOs couldn't reach, he made friends with the artistic community
of Sarajevo, joining them in fighting for survival in a place where food and
water are scarce, where death is an everyday experience.
While Fools Rush In narrates Bill's attempt to 'rebuild the ruins of his
former self in the most unlikely of places', it also details how he dreamt
up a highly unlikely way of enlisting U2 in broadcasting the plight of the
Sarajevans to the rest of the world.
Recommended and inspiring reading!
Order the book online here
More on Bill Carter here