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|Author||: John Jobling|
John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2's most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders. Filled with captivating revelations, reader will learn: - How Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. worshiped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band's early days - Insider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby - Creative tensions within the band and power struggles among management - How the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heights - Both the successes and controversies of Bono's wide-sweeping philanthropic and political ventures - The disconnect between the band's personal lives and public personas Sure to inspire debate with every music lover, U2: The Definitive Biography humanizes the band and paints an honest picture of a band's rise to the top, plunging into the heart and underlying soul of this iconic rock and roll band.
|Author||: U2,Neil McCormick|
|Editor||: It Books|
In 1975, four teenagers from Mount Temple School in Dublin gathered in a crowded kitchen to discuss forming a band. More than thirty years later, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr are still together, bound by intense loyalty, passionate idealism, and a relentless belief in the power of rock and roll to change the world. In an epic journey that has taken the band from the clubs of Dublin to the stadiums of the world, U2 has sold more than 130 million albums, revolutionized live performance, spearheaded political campaigns, and made music that defines the age in which we live. Told with wit, insight, and astonishing candor by the band members themselves and manager Paul McGuinness, with pictures from their own archives, U2 by U2 allows unprecedented access into the inner life of the greatest rock band of our times.
|Author||: David Kootnikoff|
Presents the story of the Irish rock band, discussing their win in a local competition which secured their first recording contract, their commercial successes and tours, and the espousal of political and humanitarian causes by Bono, the lead singer.
|Author||: Bill Flanagan|
An intimate chronicle of the three-year "Zoo TV" world tour taken by the popular rock band U2 records such events as the band's encounters with Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie, and Frank Sinatra. Reprint.
|Author||: Hank Bordowitz|
|Editor||: Hal Leonard Corporation|
Collects more than seventy U2 articles, interviews, and reviews spanning 1978-2002, arranged by theme including the early days, stardom, experiment and backlash, touring, albums, video and film, politics, spirituality, and business matters, and includes comments from old friends and from peers such as Billy Corgan, Moby, and Salman Rushdie.
|Author||: Stephen Catanzarite|
|Editor||: A&C Black|
Stephen Catanzarite takes a close look at what many consider to be U2's most fully formed album through the prisms of religion, politics, spirituality, and culture, illuminating its previously unexplored depths, arguing that it's a concept album about love and the fall of man.
|Author||: Matt McGee|
|Editor||: Omnibus Press|
This new and updated edition of U2 A Diary brings U2s story up to date with information about the band’s ground-breaking film, U2 3D, recording sessions for No Line on the Horizon and the story of how the album was leaked online twice before its official release, the U2 360 world tour and Bono’s back injury that forced an entire leg to be postponed and the band’s struggles to decide how to follow No Line on the Horizon and the 360 Tour with new material. Here is the complete history of U2 told exactly as it happened in day-by-day diary format. As well as following the mid-1970's birth of the band to the present day in journal form, U2: A Diary also includes new revelations and fresh insights into key moments of U2's development. Through interviews and extensive research, author Matt McGee sheds light on stories. Fully illustrated with pictures spanning the bands career, this is a fanatically detailed account of a legendary group's life!
|Author||: Pimm Jal de la Parra|
|Editor||: Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books|
Since their formation in 1976, U2 have played over 1,000 concerts to millions of fans around the world. Now updated to include their PopMart and Elevation tours, U2 Live: A Concert Documentary takes you along to every single U2 live performance - from 1976 to 2003. With over 500 colour and black & white photographs.
|Author||: Eoghan Lyng|
U2 were Formed at a Dublin Secondary School by Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. Like most bands, they wanted to be among the best in the world. By 1991, with Achtung Baby in the pipeline and War, The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree behind them, they were arguably deserving of that intention. Yet there was more to the band than the stadium records that made their fans deliriously happy and the music's creators artistically and lucratively fulfilled. Their second album, October, opened the four piece into a spiritual journey that fed their later work. Their double album Rattle and Hum proved one of the greatest torchbearers of American music of its time. And then there were Zooropa and Pop - dance oriented albums that showed the initially-punk oriented quartet exploring effects, sounds and territories that few of their contemporaries dared contemplate. That they should exist forty years after their debut is testament to the will, fortitude and versatility U2 holds. Their most recent works Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience have proven their most reflective and perhaps their most autobiographical. What lies next for U2 only the band know, but this book delves into their past work, without leaving a passenger behind.
|Author||: Jianhua Wang|
|Author||: David Zelcer Rudner|
|Author||: Alan McPherson|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield|
The Irish rock band U2, and especially its frontman Bono, are among the most effective activists ever. U2 has convinced wealthy governments to forgive tens of billions of dollars in loans while spreading its activist messages to billions of people, helping save millions of lives. So how did four boys from one of the poorest countries in the West achieve this? Who and what influenced them? What strategies did they use to succeed as much as they did as activists, and how did those strategies change over time? In particular, how did lead singer Bono make the leap into superstar lobbying? And, with so much attention on him, how has he handled critics who have taken to task his work on behalf of developing countries? In The World and U2: One Band’s Remaking of Global Activism, Alan McPherson trains a historian’s eye on the evolution and influence of the band’s activism from its formation in 1976 to its most recent album and concert tour. Throughout its nearly four decades, the band has held up a mirror to the increasing selfishness in the world while at the same time working to fill the void left by those who have abandoned the world’s poor to their plight. From raising awareness about war and human rights in the 1980s to engaging in direct action in the 1990s to moving mountains of cash for the planet’s poorest in the twenty-first century, the band, and especially Bono, have both raised the bar and set the example for other celebrity activists. But it is also a success that has brought a greater scrutiny to bear on U2’s activism and initiated a healthy debate about the merits of Western development aid. The World and U2: One Band’s Remaking of Global Activism tells this story of U2’s successful storming of the world’s philanthropic stage. It will enchant the band’s fans, engage its critics, and offer lessons—and warnings—to activists seeking to change things for the better.
|Author||: Scott Calhoun|
|Editor||: Scarecrow Press|
A diverse collection of essays examines the work and influence of U2, covering such disciplines as literature, philosophy, music, culture, business, and theology.
|Author||: Robert G. Vagacs|
|Editor||: Wipf and Stock Publishers|
Weaving the threads of U2's lyrics, scripture, and theology into one cord, this book tracks the Irish rock band's theological insights and perspectives through their poetry. Along this lyrical path we encounter the characters of the Drowning Man, the Wanderer, and the Sojourner. Though seemingly different, they are one and the same, and they represent each of us. If you're a U2 fan, a theologian, or both, Religious Nuts, Political Fanatics: U2 in Theological Perspective will offer a different angle of popular culture and theology.
|Editor||: Hal Leonard Corporation|
(Guitar Chord Songbook). A concise collection of 40 U2 songs presented with just their chords and lyrics. Songs include: Beautiful Day * Bullet the Blue Sky * Elevation * Even Better Than the Real Thing * I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For * I Will Follow * Mysterious Ways * New Year's Day * One * Pride (In the Name of Love) * Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of * Sunday Bloody Sunday * Walk On * When Love Comes to Town * Where the Streets Have No Name * With or Without You * and more.
|Author||: Alan Cross|
|Editor||: Joe Books Ltd|
Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music. Here he provides a history of U2. This look at the band—"Four Hearts Beat as One"—is adapted from the audiobook of the same name.
|Author||: Deena Dietrich|
Join me on my musical journey on the road with U2 to the 75 shows I have seen since the Zoo TV tour in 1992. Meeting Bono in Jersey, hugging Larry in Baltimore, having a drink with Larry in Providence, talking with Bono in Seattle, hugging Larry again in Pittsburgh - just to name a few.
|Author||: Timothy D. Neufeld|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield|
U2’s significant career far exceeds that of most average successful rock bands, with a prolific output of thirteen well-received studio albums and a sometimes relentless touring schedule. The band is famous for uniquely drawing together music, art, faith, and activism, all within a lucrative career that has given each of these elements an unusual degree of social and cultural resonance. Broad-minded musically and intellectually, U2’soutput is thematically rich, addressing a slew of topics, from questions of faith to anxieties about commercialism to outright political statements. With one of the largest fan bases in the history of rock music, U2 and their work require contextualization and exploration. In U2: Rock ’n’ Roll to Change the World, Timothy D. Neufeld takes up this challenge. Neufeld explores U2’s move from the youthful idealism of a band barely able to play instruments through its many phases of artistic expression and cultural engagement to its employment of faith and activism as a foundation for its success. This book outlines how U2 reshaped the very musical and even political culture that had originally shaped it, demonstrating through close readings of its musical work the dynamic interplay of artistic expression and social engagement.