Music journalist Flanagan (Written in My Soul) followed rock superstars U2 on the road, into the studio and into their private lives for three years to collect material for this authorized biography. It provides an interesting, if almost too comprehensive, account of day-to-day life for members of one of the most popular bands. Beginning with his subjects' arrival in Berlin to record an album as the Wall was coming down, Flanagan presents U2 as residing at the heart of politics and social change, describing their friendships with Bill Clinton and Salman Rushdie, their extralegal activities on behalf of Greenpeace and their efforts to provoke their massive audience into greater awareness through such projects as nightly updates on the war in Bosnia. Flanagan also encourages band members to spout off their philosophies on everything from music to religion and politics. An unabashed fan, Flanagan tends to lionize his subjects, but his minutely detailed accounts of them also render them compellingly human. Photos not seen by PW.
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For being about a rock 'n' roll group, this is amazingly good. But then, U2 is an amazing band: four Dublin kids who didn't know how to write songs, let alone play their instruments, but who had a dream. Flanagan treats the band as if they set out on a quest as trying as any traditional hero's journey. He paces their story as fast as their globe-trotting lives and makes it as inspiring as their fans find their music. He provides a remarkable glimpse into the hearts and minds of a group that has dazzled ears and eyes throughout the world, and in so doing, renders great service to U2. Raul Nino --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Bought this for my girlfriend who "worships in the house of Bono"! She loves it.Published 6 months ago by Dphillips
This book shows a lot about life on the road with U2. Fascinating about their album Achtung Baby, and the Zooropa tour. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Atle Rovik
Fairly acurit Including the snippets of interviews and insights into the going ons of a tour and what goes into the prep of such an endevour. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Sue expatriot
I just finished reading this book for the third time since I bought it back in '96. It's been riveting every time. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Buzzmo
This book is phenomenal. I just can't put it down. It feels like reading a U2 diary, reveals so much about the members of the band, and is written so funny! Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Siobhan
1992 was an interesting year for re-examination of the media. Both U2's ZOO TV tour and the documentary "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" emerged during this... Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by Brian Chidester
Brought as a present for the wife she hasn't complained must be alright as she is a big U2 fanPublished on January 7, 2009 by Gregory Sutton
thisbook is perfect if you want to know everyting about U2
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This book is one of the few really great rock biographies. It does a great job of chronicling the band's past by giving a distilled view of their present, in both personal lives,... Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by S. K. Harrell