“I always thought the job was to be as great as you could be.” – Bono
This is the story of U2, in their own words and pictures. It is the only authorised, fully comprehensive guide to the biggest band in the world.
"We are trying to pin down something elusive, something that represents where we are, emotionally, physically, spiritually, but is also fresh and exciting. If it is not absolutely the best it can be, then why bother?" – Adam Clayton.
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 be the singer. Over thirty years later, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr are still together, bound by intense loyalty, passionate idealism and a relentless belief in the power of rock and roll to change the world.
“We wore it as a stubborn badge of pride that we weren’t prepared to fall into line with every other group and take the fashionable stance of the day. We were uncool because we were hot, we just erupted as a live band.” – The Edge.
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. Bad haircuts, worse hangovers, prayer meetings and wild parties, encounters with presidents and popes, intimate accounts of the creation of all their classic songs, it is all here in a beautifully-presented book overseen by the band with the same passion for substance, style and immaculate attention to detail familiar from their musical career.
"I have read a lot of rubbish about U2. Whenever I see us described in some mythic sense as masters of our own destiny, it makes me laugh. Being in U2 is more like riding a runaway train. We are just ordinary guys, hanging on to this thing for our lives." – Larry Mullen Jnr.
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'There are no shortage of books about U2 and many of them aren't worth the paper they're written on. This is different because the cod psychology is abandoned and the boys simply tell their story – and tell it well.' Irish Independent.
'This book is a brilliantly realised concept, dense in its factual content with many rare photos.' Mail on Sunday (Ireland)
‘It’s a shame every band can’t make a book like this.’ Record Collector
‘This book is more like an experience with U2 and is an essential piece of memorabilia for any fan of the band. It’s so alive it almost has a pulse and you genuinely feel that U2 have put their heart and soul into this as much as they would a new album.’ The Irish Post
'One of the best rock autobiographies in print.' Scottish Daily RecordFrom the Publisher:
This is the story of U2, in their own words and pictures. The text was created from over 150 hours of exclusive interviews with Bono, Adam Clayton, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and manager Paul McGuinness, conducted over the course of two years especially for the book by author and rock critic Neil McCormick.
photographs, documents and memorabilia were supplied from personal archives by the members of U2 and Principle Management. The book was art directed by Steve Averill, the man responsible for U2's graphic output from their very first poster in 1977 and designed by his associates at Four5One creative, Gary Kelly.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 2008. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Brand new copy. Bookseller Inventory # 029424