U2 at the End of the World

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Overview

The most intimate and appreciative biography of  the mega rock band U2 to date--by the author to  whom the band gave complete access.  

When U2 took the stage for their three-year Zoo TV  world tour in 1991, Bill Flanagan was there--in  the bus, on the plane, in the recording studio and  well after hours with the biggest rock band in the  world. A tour that began to support the hugely  successful ...

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Overview

The most intimate and appreciative biography of  the mega rock band U2 to date--by the author to  whom the band gave complete access.  

When U2 took the stage for their three-year Zoo TV  world tour in 1991, Bill Flanagan was there--in  the bus, on the plane, in the recording studio and  well after hours with the biggest rock band in the  world. A tour that began to support the hugely  successful Achtung Baby record and ended with a  second, even more successful record, Zooropa, took U2  to the far reaches of the world, playing to over a  hundred sold-out arenas in over forty  cities.

U2 At The End Of The World  takes you on the world tour and drops you off at  the cultural intersection where rock stars meet  politicians; where writers, directors, and models all  wind up backstage with U2. You're there when the  band meets Bill Clinton in a Chicago hotel room;  when Salman Rushdie comes out of hiding to join the  band onstage at Wembley Arena in London; when  Frank Sinatra and Bono record their famous duet,  "I've Got You Under My Skin." And finally,  when the band performs their last Zoo TV concert in  Tokyo in 1993 and nearly collapses from physical  and mental exhaustion, you are there with them  waiting for the end of the world. Augmented with  sleek photos by renowned photographer Anton Corbijn,  U2 At The End Of The World is the  most definitive book on the band to  date.

In the most intimate and appreciative biography of the mega rock band U2 to date, Bill Flanagan gets inside and writes about Bono, Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr., and Adam Clayton, as they've never been written about before. This definitive bio is augmented with sleek photos by renowned photographer Anton Corbijn.

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"Rarely has a rock biography been as  insightful or as much fun. It reads like a James  Joyce-meets-Hunter Thompson novel. It's the literary  equivalent of the Zoo TV tour--a brash,  ambitious marathon with a momentum all its  own."--Boston Globe
Library Journal
Somewhere in a dilapidated bar or on a rotting porch, raw talent is busting its chops for nothing. That is, unless Jim Cantone hears the racket. The golden-eared, platinum-hearted talent scout has just left an independent record label to oversee A&R (Artists & Repertoire) at industry colossus WorldWide Records. While Cantone mentors Jerusalem--rock's next great white hope--and ponders "selling out" at 30, bitterness and jealousy motivate WW's vice president, J.B. Booth, to shame and ultimately force out WW's charismatic president and founder, "Wild" Bill DeGaul, a cross between real-life record moguls Clive Davis and Chris Blackwell. As senior vice president of the video channel VH-1, Flanagan (U2 at the End of the World) knows the music biz's convoluted, polluted intestinal tract well. Money (six figures and up), booze (bubbly), blood (a dead, chic singer), and other bodily fluids flow in exotic locations, but to little effect. Unfortunately, Cantone, the reader's moral navigator through WW upper-management's underbelly, is too conscientiously self-conscious to make this good-natured expos believable. Not recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/00.]--Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Library Journal
Musician magazine editor Flanagan (Written in My Soul, Contemporary Bks, 1987. o.p.) first interviewed the Irish rock band U2 in the 1980s. For this biography he was invited to spend nearly four years with the band. The book follows U2 through several recording projects in the early 1990s, including their albums "Achtung Baby," and "Zooropa. The book opens in the autumn of 1990 and U2 is in Berlin as the Wall is coming down. In 1992 they take part in a Greenpeace action against a British nuclear facility believed to be polluting the Irish Sea. In 1994 the lavish "Zoo TV" tour concerts included live interviews from Sarajevo, then under siege. While the band's mix of politics with art attracted many fans, it often drew criticism from the media. Interspersed with these events we see U2 at work and at play, recording, performing, juggling families and romances, and hanging out in pubs. Although Flanagan finds it difficult to keep his opinions out of the book, usually he keeps them at least out of the way, and often enough he lets the members of U2 speak for themselves. A step above the usual pop-group biography this is recommended for larger public and university libraries and music collections.-Tim LaBorie, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385311571
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 502,495
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Flanagan
Bill Flanagan
Bill Flanagan is the author of Written in My Soul, a collection of conversations with songwriters, and U2 at the End of the World. He is senior vice president and editorial direc-tor of VH1. Flanagan has written for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Spy, and many other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    Amazing tour book!

    It was not boring for a single moment! It informs you, while lifting your spirt. You feel like you're with the band for everymoment. I couldn't tear myself away from it! Very insightful, interesting and just all around fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    I Felt Like I Was There!

    It was a great book that I would recommend to any U2 fan. I really enjoyed the author's perspective on the madness of being U2. The chapter headings intrigued you to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Very Insightful

    I've been a U2 fan since 1980, so I may be a bit jaded in their favor, but this is an excellent book. I highly recommend it to dedidated (especially long-time) fans. But it's also good for people who just want to read a quality and emotionally touching book. Of course, I also liked Rattle & Hum, which puts me in the minority. Anyway, as an avid reader of many topics, I'm proud to say Bill Flannigan's 'U2 At the End of the World' definitely ranks in my top 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    500 pages of Heaven

    This was definately a very interesting book for anyone, U2 fan or not. It was hard to put it down once I got started. These 5 men are such hard workers it helps you appreciate what they go through to give us, the fans, quality work. Boy's you're awsome. U2 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    A must have, best book ever!!!

    This is the best book I've ever read in my entire life. Bill Flanagan did a GREAT job writing it. I do recommend it to everybody, fans or not fans... I am a die-hard fan and I tell you, if you want to know more about U2 (whatever aspect you want), you've got to read this book! You get a feeling that you're not just reading it, but actually you're part of it. I could say more but I prefer you to buy it and read it yourself...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Best U2 Book Ever...

    If you want to get up close and personal with the best band that ever lived, this book will take you into their lives and on the road. Bill Flannigan does an amazing job of chronicling their journey during the tour. Lucky lucky guy. I'd love to be in his shoes!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    We have never been closer to U2

    Bill has given us the deepest insight I have ever encountered with U2. I could see what was happening. I was touched by the intimacy of the bandmates; the tight inner circle that is generally off limits to public eyes. I felt the joy...and sometimes nuisence...of their comradary. I laughed when they laughed. I felt tipsy after the long nights in the pub; agonized over the early mornings that followed. I sympathized with them in the bad times, and felt their losses. I felt the pain of disaster, and the exhileration of triumph. This is a must for all dedicated U2 followers. Thanks Bill!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Wonderful!

    I was so happy to find this book. It gives an in-depth account of travelling and being around U2. Really informative. I highly reccomend it.

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