U2: The Road to Pop

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Carter Alan tracks the U2's incredible rise in America. Alan, a freelance writer and music director for WBCN Boston, one of the country's most important modern rock radio stations, has traveled extensively with U2 and hosted several syndicated radio specials with the band. Using material from years of exclusive interviews with the group and its management, he explores the chemistry between U2 and its American audience. Illustrated with photos of the group in concert and behind the scenes, U2: The Road to POP ...
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Carter Alan tracks the U2's incredible rise in America. Alan, a freelance writer and music director for WBCN Boston, one of the country's most important modern rock radio stations, has traveled extensively with U2 and hosted several syndicated radio specials with the band. Using material from years of exclusive interviews with the group and its management, he explores the chemistry between U2 and its American audience. Illustrated with photos of the group in concert and behind the scenes, U2: The Road to POP charts U2's progress from the fledgling performance at the tiny Paradise nightclub in Boston through 1985's legendary Live Aid appearance to the alien landscapes and technological reinvention of the band in the 1990s. Alan considers the price U2, whose aim has always been to connect with its audiences, has paid for its popularity as well as the need to challenge itself artistically while still writing music fans adore.
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Alan, music director for Boston rock radio station WBCN and an early supporter of U2, updates his Outside Is America: U2 in the U.S. (Faber & Faber, 1992) in this sometimes fawning profile of what is now perhaps the world's biggest band. He covers U2's career from their first American visit in 1980, and this revision includes events since 1992, including the release of two albums and the mammoth Zooropa and Popmart tours. Most interesting is watching the band try to maintain its heralded devotion to its fans as its popularity explodes. Unfortunately, Alan often takes on the role of U2 apologist when discussing criticisms leveled against the band. Also, the U.S. bias keeps this from being a comprehensive biography. Still, this book nicely complements Bill Flanagan's in-depth look at the band during the early 1990s, U2: At the End of the World (LJ 11/15/95). Recommended for most popular music collections.Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Cal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780571199303
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 285

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