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U2 By U2 Paperback – Nov 12 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006190385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061903854
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Arguably the greatest rock band on the planet, U2 now offers the definitive version of how it got there.” (USA Today)

“Fascinating details.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“...a definitive retrospective based on more than 150 hours of interviews.” (Rolling Stone)

“The book is sure to satisfy even the truly dedicated.” (Vanity Fair)

“...U2 BY U2 sure feels a lot like gospel.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Recommended for all popular music collections.” (Library Journal)

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
I grew up to these guys and still play them every other day if not every day. I first acquired this book thinking it would be a good piece of memorabillia but as I started reading it I realized that I was getting the inside story about all of these amazing men from the beginning of their band to the present. What a remarkably well written account and how fortunate that a U2 fan is given such wonderful insight from the horses mouth. I laughed out loud many times at the cheekiness of a few of these guys, to the point where my husband was like "what is so funny" of course its mostly "Bono" and his great sense of description. If you like this band, you should buy this book and cherish it.
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Format: Hardcover
Because or in spite of them, U2 has become synonymous in the rock world with terms like "integrity", "passion", "poetry", and of course, "big business". This autobiography of the band certainly seems to give the perspective that very few aspects of the band's success have been planned - certainly, there are enough faux pas that makes this believable. There is also enough going on around the band (revealed in the book, but also in other sources) to suggest that several people have had their say in the band's success. This is a very nice story, first told around their personal lives and the early beginnings of their work together as young men from Belfast, then around the events that unfolded around their different albums and shows (remember "Band Aid"?). Each member of U2 tells part of their story and here, really, you get a glimpse of what it is like to be a normal human being struggling with superstardom - perhaps something none of us are really able to manage very well. Each member also recounts their takes on songs, albums, events that led to different lyrics in songs. The book provides a bit of the biographical information that the songs communicate.

I was surprised by some of the band members' candour. Difficult relationships, personal problems and of course, at a time when it is definitely uncool to hold Christian convictions, descriptions of their struggle to make sense of faith. There is also an interesting inside look at the beginnings of the band, at how confused and perhaps unprofessional things were at the start of their success. And of course, some discussion regarding how to manage all the fallout from Bono's other work...

If you are a fan, this is a great read.
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Format: Paperback
Had the original U2 by U2 book. The one that is HUGE and weighs like 30 pounds!!! Now I can actually READ the book! YAY!!
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