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Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2
     

Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2

by Dianne Ebertt Beeaff, Michelle Perez (Foreword by)
 

A Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2 is an uncompromising account which captures the essence of the Irish rock band U2 as only a fan can. From the spirit of their 1987 Joshua Tree tour to the flamboyance of Popmart in 1997, we travel with the author, sharing her experiences, the countries she visits, and the people she meets along the way.

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A Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2 is an uncompromising account which captures the essence of the Irish rock band U2 as only a fan can. From the spirit of their 1987 Joshua Tree tour to the flamboyance of Popmart in 1997, we travel with the author, sharing her experiences, the countries she visits, and the people she meets along the way. Through thirty-eight concerts in twenty cities over ten years, Beeaff gives readers front-row-seat insights into what it's like to be a fan, an experience familiar to almost all of us. Not just a dry rehash of set-lists and concert trivia, Beeaff's account presents an icon of contemporary culture with warmth, intelligence and humor.

About the Author:

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In 1968 she moved to Arizona in the United States, and has lived in Tucson for twenty-four years working as a free-lance writer for non-fiction periodicals. As an artist, she works primarily in graphite and watercolor, and her work has been shown in a variety of local and national galleries. She is a member of the Southwest League of Fine Art, the National Federation of Press Women and the National League of American Pen Women.

Editorial Reviews

J. C. Martin
Many a fan's dream is wrapped up in Beeaff's recollections.
The Arizona Daily Star
James A. Cox
A candid, uncompromising account which captures the essence of U2 from a fan's perspective.
Midwest Book Review
Marquette Tribune
Celebrates the idea of fans. A reflective look on how far the band has come over the last decade.
Michigan Journal
This is a very well done book. Anybody who appreciates music and fandom should purchase A Grand Madness.
Stuart Clark
A Grand Madness certainly conveys all the excitement of running away with the rock 'n' roll circus.
Hot Press Magazine, Dublin, Ireland
Sue Fell
Only a fan can fully understand and express what U2 and their music are all about. Dianne Beeaff is both a fan and a writer, and her book captures the essence of the band in a musical journey through ten years...Full of vitality and life, humor and music, A Grand Madness is a must for any U2 fan.
Eirinn Magazine
Library Journal - Library Journal
A wise drummer (Clem Burke of Blondie) once said, "The ultimate fan transcends fandom and does it himself." Although Beeaff, a freelance writer living in Tucson, AZ, has not founded a band in her heroes' names, she has provided an earnest, perceptive account of the Irish supergroup's last four tours (that's 38 concerts!) in diary form. Unlike Bill Flanagan's U2 at the End of the World (Delacorte, 1995) and Carter Alan's U2: The Road to Pop (LJ 9/1/97), in which the authors enjoyed backstage/VIP status, Beeaff relates getting crushed in crowds, listening to soundchecks, dining at Denny's, waiting like a monk in the rain for autographs, admiring lead singer Bono's bonhomie (she meets him more than once), feeling Edge's "Bullet the Blue Sky" guitar solo snap her heartstrings again and again, and anticipating U2's next gestalt. Other fans will get vicarious kicks out of Beeaff's multiple pilgrimages to Dublin, the band's hometown, and wonder, "How in the devil does she afford it?" Recommended for larger public libraries that already own Flanagan's and Alan's works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965618816
Publisher:
Hawkmoon Publications
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.65(d)

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Michelle Perez
This is a story about the impact music known inside out has on a life and about all the adventures along the way...written with a sense of exhilaration fans of anything (or anyone) can identify with...Escape into the grand madness.
— (Michelle Perez, U2 Co-Section Leader Compuserve Fan Club A Forum)

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