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U2 - Revolution
By U2. Book. Hardcover. 244 pages. Published by Voyageur Press (HL.139163).
U2 (Stories Behind the Songs) [Kindle Edition]
Item Number: HL.139163. ISBN 1937994996. 9.5x11 inches.
They've frequently been described as the biggest band in the world. The Joshua Tree alone has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. They hold the record for the most Grammy wins by a rock act. And their 360 tour, which started in 2009, attracted more than seven million fans and is one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. U2 has revolutionized the definition of rock band by staying true to its beliefs and passions, through meteoric success, public controversy and an astounding 40-year working relationship.
U2 (Stories Behind the Songs) [Kindle Edition] Featuring original and revealing interviews with band members and key people close to them, and tracing the band's meteroic rise from the early days to a group that has galvanized the pop music scene for more than twenty years, Stories Behind The Songs explores the background and inspiration behind every song written by U2, and is the definitive text on the subject.
The U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Reviews [Kindle Edition]
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.
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 U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Reviews [Kindle Edition] (Book). The U2 Reader presents the world's most popular rock band from battle of the bands beginnings through today, in all of its many facets. Editor and compiler Hank Bordowitz, who Publishers Weekly says "provides evenhanded treatment of highly charged issues" and Library Journal adds "never takes sides or passes judgment, yet brilliantly illuminates...," has gathered articles ranging from U2's first mention in a suburban Dublin newspaper to coverage of the group's appearance at the Super Bowl. The U2 Reader deals with every aspect of the band from the way they do business to the way their music and lives convey their inherent spirituality.
It includes reviews of albums and the live U2 experience, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at the band, including their forays into pop and politics. The book features a who's who of music journalism, including Dave Marsh ( Born to Run ,
The Heart of Rock and Roll ), Bill Flanagan ( A & R ; Executive Producer of VH-1's Behind the Music ), Jim DeRogatis ( Turn On Your Mind , Let It Blurt ) and more than a dozen others. Authors not normally associated with music, such as Salman Rushdie, are featured, as are U2 peers such as Moby, Bruce Hornsby and Billy Corgan. A must read for even casual U2 fans!
U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band
U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy) [Kindle Edition] Is it possible to be a committed Christian and a rock superstar? Can political activists make good music? Do hugely successful rock bands really care about AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it just another image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders these and other seeming dichotomies in the career of the Irish supergroup. For over two decades, U2 has been one of the biggest acts in rock music. They've produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum records and won 15 Grammy Awards. Critics everywhere have praised the band's thoughtful, complex lyrics and the artistry of their music. At the same time, Bono, the group's lead singer, has dedicated himself to political and social causes, blurring the line between rock star and respected statesman.
Offering fresh insight into the band's music and activism, these thought-provoking essays allows fans to discover philosophy through the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 through the eyes of philosophers.
The Piano Collection
By U2. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Rock and Pop Rock. Songbook. With vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 128 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.306714).
U2 Sheet Music
Item Number: HL.306714. ISBN 0634098438. 9x12 inches.
A top-notch collection of 19 songs from these rock superstars from Ireland. Includes: Beautiful Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, With or Without You, and more.
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