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U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments (For the Record: Lexington Studies in Rock and Popular Music) Hardcover – December 23, 2014
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There is ample (and stimulating) intellectual discussion of the Irish band’s ‘proclivity for change’ in a world that doesn’t always welcome it. And each of the eight articles (none longer than thirty pages) makes for an easy-to-digest, hour-long patch of premiere rock and roll reading. (Examiner.com)
What to make of U2? Is it possible to seek total global pop domination decades on end, to really believe your work is worthy of it, and to remain somehow soulful, sane, and socially righteous? Definitely maybe. U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments is inspiringly unafraid to bring the question down to the level of U2's often exemplary attentiveness to what William Blake calls the ‘minute particulars.’ There is so much to consider and mull over, especially if one is willing to imagine that U2's dilemmas are a lot like our own—only more so. If the goal, in all of our meaning-making, is soul, then we get to ‘minutely particularize’ our love one decision, one song, and one person at a time through this attentive study. (David Dark, Belmont University)
As a band of almost forty years, as activists for world change, and as global pop stars accused of forcing their music on the world for free, U2 avoids easy approaches in the twenty-first century. This excellent collection grapples with the various transformations of U2 from eight unique perspectives; from the recording studio and the sound of Adam Clayton’s bass, to its Irishness, to the religious and communal aspects of their music. This is necessary reading for scholars and fans of U2 alike. (Jason Hanley, Director of Education, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
About the Author
Scott Calhoun directs the U2 Conference, is curator for the U2: Made in Dublin exhibit, and is professor of writing and literature at Cedarville University.
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