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U2: A Diary [Hardcover]

Matt McGee

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Book Description

Nov. 30 2011
Here is the complete history of U" 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 journa 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 that include: U2's 1978 victory in a St. Patrick's Day Talent contest, which led to their first studio session for CBS Records. Bono's visit to Central America in 1986, which led directly to several songs on "The Joshua Tree". U2's struggle to finish the "Pop" album, and it's impact on Universal Music. The release of "No Line on the Horizon" and the drama of the U2 360 Tour. Fully illustrated with pictures spanning the bands career, this a fanatically detailed account of a legendary group's life!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; New Updated Edition edition (Nov. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849388474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849388474
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.8 x 30.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,327,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt McGee founded www.atu2.com in 1995 making it the oldest independent site for U2 fans on the internet. The site has since won numerous awards and currently hosts almost five thousand articles about the band. He has been interviewed on U2 related topice by USA Today and other US radio stations. He also co-hosted a U2 Fan Celebration which attracted thousands of fans from all the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars U2 Rock 'n Roll Fans Dream Nov. 2 2008
By Michael Dorausch - Published on Amazon.com
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this book for some time now, and like standing in the rain trying to get early dibs on U2 concert tickets, it was well worth the wait.

Author Matt McGee does a spectacular job organizing information, dates, and photos from as early back as 1950, up until the end of 2007.

Diehard U2 fans will want to read this diary from cover to cover, but there's something in here for everyone that's ever heard of the best band in the world. I found myself flipping directly to the pages of 1987 and reading tales of U2 in downtown Los Angeles. It was March 27th, 1987, when U2 performed on the rooftop of a liquor store on 7th and Main. I remember that day well. Where were you on that day? What shows have you been to? Do you still have your old ticket stubs? U2 A Diary is loaded with information that will take you down a rock 'n roll memory Lane.

An incredible amount of work has gone into the creation of this day-by-day diary and complete history of U2. The author should be awarded best U2 fan in the world. Thanks Matt McGee, for putting this all together. Awesome stuff!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers all your U2 questions Oct. 23 2008
By M. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a real U2 freak and want to know the full picture of how the greatest band in the world came to be then this book is the ultimate. I only got it today and so far have really just flicked through the pages but I know already that some of the questions that are in my head about the evolution of the band will now at last be answered. Matt, your are a genius and obviously a very organized person to be able to collect all this info together and present it so beautifully. It's well worth it's cost and will take pride of place on my bookshelf next to U2 Show,U2 by U2 and U2andI by Anton Corbijn. Top marks for both content and beautiful presentation. But, I ask myself? how am I ever going to find the time to absorb all this information?
Marie (Coventry U.K.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rockstar Book About Rockstars Nov. 24 2008
By Todd Mintz - Published on Amazon.com
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Matt has created an incredibly comprehensive document about U2. U2 Diary works not only as a reference work but also as a compelling narrative. Well-written and complete, this is a must read for any and all U2 fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well written Dec 4 2009
By Laura Eder - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a long time reader of Matt McGee's fan blog [...] (which BTW I visit more often that U2's official website because the written content is often better) as well as a long time fan of Matt's writing so I was excited when I found out he was going to put his extensive knowledge about my favorite band into a full-fledged book. The results are outstanding.

Matt's research was thorough and incredibly accurate - the pictures are a delight, many of which were never before printed. It's the most comprehensive chronology I've seen so far and believe me, I've seen them all (and own most of them).

A must buy for the uberfan, but also a lot to offer the casual fan who wants to visit different seasons in the band's history at their own pace. Besides "U2 by U2" I don't think there's a better book about U2 out there.
5.0 out of 5 stars U2: A Diary, Made me an Even Bigger Fan of U2 June 7 2011
By David Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always loved U2 but after discovering this gem of a book which essentially chronicles the history of U2 in diary format helped me to see a personal side of the band that I've never seen before. I was excited to pick the book up each day and was almost sad when I had finished it.

McGee ignited a deeper passion in me for this band, so much so that I have since made sure that I have every one of their studio albums in my collection, joined the U2 fan club and attended my first U2 concert which happened to be the 360 tour.

Thanks to the author for the time and involvement it must have took to compile so much information on one the biggest bands in the world.

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