- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: It Books; 1st Us Edition edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060776757
- ISBN-13: 978-0060776756
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.5 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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U2 by U2 Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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In 1975, four teenagers from Mount Temple School in Dublin gathered in a crowded kitchen to discuss forming a band. The drum kit just about fit into the room, the lead guitarist was playing a homemade guitar, the bassist could barely play at all and nobody wanted to sing. Over 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.
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In a epic journey that has taken them from the clubs of Dublin to the stadiums of the world, U2 have sold over 130 million albums, been number one all over the world, revolutionized live performance, spearheaded political campaigns and made music that defines the age we live in.
From the anarchic days of their Seventies punk origins through their Eighties ascent to superstardom with the epic rock of The Joshua Tree, the dark post-modern ironies of Achtung Baby in the Nineties and their 21st-Century resurgence as rock's biggest and boldest band, this is a tale of faith, love, drama, family, birth, death, survival, conflict, crises, creativity . . . and a lot of laughter.
Told with wit, insight and astonishing candour by the band 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.
“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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If you know a U2 fan, give them this book as a gift. You will not be disappointed.
Presented in an attractive coffee table book
Lots and lots of great U2 pictures from the 1970s to today
More than 150 hours of interviews with U2 on their lives from the 1970s to today
Well organized in chronological order
No con unless you don't like U2 - then you shouldn't buy this book
U2 by U2 is the first book by the whole band in their own words and pictures.
U2 by U2 starts with childhood stories from the 1960s and continues on through the Vertigo tour.
I am a U2 fan. When I first picked up U2 by U2, I felt slightly giddy. I took my time opening the heavy cover and flipping through the thick shiny pages full of pictures. I glanced at enlarged bold quotes, previewing the details that were waiting for my closer reading.
U2 by U2 is not a quick memoir on the band that could be read in a weekend. It is not a magazine article, or even a compilation of articles. No, U2 by U2 is as dense as one of the band's albums. Like the music, it can be enjoyed on a superficial level--sitting on the coffee table, ready to entertain you for a few minutes time. But this is a book that can also be savored.
Listen to Boy as you read about their early years. Or flip to the section that corresponds with whatever U2 CD is already playing in your car. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. offer revealing, witty insight into the music and the moments around its creation. Reading U2 by U2 will only make your listening experience more enjoyable....
So I thought it was time to find out more about this rock band and who it's members really are. Was really surprised to learn that none of them are the least bit tall. Was really surprised to learn that they have had very little confidence in themselves as a band for most of their lives together. Was really surprised to learn that they are, with the exception of Adam, devout Christians. And that The Edge loves to go out dancing with his wife. And that Bono has a brother!!
All in all it made them more human to me. I would have thought that being one of the biggest rock bands of all time, they would have indulged in the "Rock Star" life style more than a little. With the exception of Adam (again), they are all family men and their families mean a great deal to them. So - wow - very, very rich, very, very talented men who seem to be rooted firmly in the real world. I was surprised and delighted to learn this about U2. Makes me love them even more.
So - read this book if you love the lads from Ireland. Rock out with them in the stadium concerts and respect them for the musicians and men that they are. Each one of them would be worth knowing.
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better than just a biography.