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Product Details

  • Series: Stories Behind the Songs
  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847322875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847322876
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Niall Stokes is the founder and Editor of Hot Press, Ireland’s bible of rock ’n’ roll and current affairs. He has also edited two best-selling books on U2, The U2 File and U2: Three Chords and the Truth. He has been translated into Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Dutch, and Swedish.

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I would recommend this for U2 fans.
Rosanne Dutzer
Like the rest of the book, a lot of these entries are much shorter than the previous edition, and there is no new material found here.
Kyle Goldstein
The layout is great - very easy to find a particular song etc.
L. James

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Goldstein on June 15, 2010
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U2: The Stories Behind the Song is a good book for anyone wanting to know more about U2. The book is very reasonably-priced, mainly due to its small size, compared to older editions. However, this is the fourth edition of the book, and compared to the previous edition, it is quite lacking. For starters, a lot of information from the previous edition is missing. Almost every song from Boy up to No Line on the Horizon is explained in detail, but a lot of the entries for older songs have been shortened, with less information that was previously available. I compared the two books side-by-side and noticed that some song entries had as much as entire paragraphs removed. Second, the layout is much less appealing. The previous edition was very colorful and full of photographs, while this edition is simply black text on white pages, with small photographs on some pages, and other pages entirely full of text. Third, there is not much new information in this edition that was not in the previous one. The only new information that was not available in the previous edition was information on the 11 songs from No Line on the Horizon, but each song is only explained for anywhere from one paragraph to one page. Entries for older songs take up anywhere from one to three pages.

As far as additional content goes, there is a section that covers B-sides, non-album songs, the Passengers album, and
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Fontana on May 3, 2010
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I was always curious about the U2 lyrics, I used to search for it on the internet, I found some but I was not sure how much I could trust it. The book is amazing, it tells why and in whitch circumstances the song was written. I loved it. It's clear and understandable!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bluestars on December 11, 2009
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I was impressed with Niall's interpretations of the songs that this legendary band continually reaches out to every generation .. At times thought provoking as well as emotionally bonds the reader. I couldnt put the book down once I started reading it. It's as if you've known Paul, David, Larry and Adam all your life. I was deeply touched by the "electric" story ; and felt the love Bono has for his beautiful wife and family. Thank you Niall for a well writen book that helps to touch base with the meanings of the songs, the music and the generosity of U2s love for what they do genuniinely.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. James on May 19, 2010
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We are huge fans of U2 and found this book very insightful. It is great to gain some more of an understanding to what's behind those songs that we so love to sing along to - very informative book.
The layout is great - very easy to find a particular song etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosanne Dutzer on February 1, 2014
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My husband is a huge U2 fan and this book was a Christmas present. He loved reading and learning about the lyrics to his favorite music. I would recommend this for U2 fans.
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By Paulo S. Penido Fh on July 15, 2014
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Exactly what I expected!
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By Shiya Feinman on October 14, 2013
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Excellent book. Very informative. Enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it to other U2 fans that I have met.
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I love U2 and I loved learning some of the meanings of their songs I hadn't picked up on after repeated listening. I still go back to it every now and then if I think I've heard something new to see if it's meant that way or not.
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