U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism and Review

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The first in Hal Leonard's new series of artist readers, 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 ...

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Overview

The first in Hal Leonard's new series of artist readers, 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 and 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! Hank Bordowitz is the author of Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He lives in Suffern, New York. John Swenson is the co-editor of The New Rolling Stone Record Guide and the author of The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide and the former editor ofCrawdaddy! magazine.

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Two years ago, the Irish rock group U2 rose from the ashes of a dud tour and album with All That You Can't Leave Behind. In a strange twist, the 9/11 terrorist attacks boosted their ascent; pop tarts like Britney were suddenly out, and U2, with its resonant, four-piece sound, was back in. Here, Bordowitz, a veteran music journalist, tries to assess 25 years in the life of the last great rock band, collecting a variety of previously published interviews, reviews, news stories, and editorials. These are organized into 12 thematic chapters that don't always deliver. In "Rock Hunks," for instance, Bordowitz aims to remind readers of U2's teen idol appeal in the early and mid-1980s; however, his selections (e.g., a brief profile from Scholastic Update and an even shorter UPI write-up) only serve to showcase lead singer Bono's precocious motor mouth. "On the Screen," too, could have made for a fascinating study of the band's successful and embarrassing forays into documentary films and videos, but the articles overemphasize the disasters. Although U2 remains a force, their appeal alone won't sell this book. Fans will get frustrated by the lack of scintillating material (not to mention pictures), and students looking to write a term paper won't get a comprehensive overview. A better treatment, though now out of print, is U2: The Ultimate Compendium of Interviews, Articles, Facts, and Opinions from the Files of Rolling Stone.-Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xv
Foreword: The Last Great Rock Band xvii
Chapter 1 Among Punks 1
Dublin Boys Top of Pops! 2
Getting into U2 4
Island Records Biography 8
U2 10
Operation Uplift 11
Chapter 2 Rock Hunks 21
U2: At War with Mediocrity 22
Rocking with U2 25
Once Upon a Time... 28
U2 36
America's Sexiest Men 37
YMCA, U2? 38
Chapter 3 Stars and Superstars 39
The Joshua Tree Bio 40
U2: Keeping the Rock Faith with Unforgettable Fire 44
Band on the Run: U2 Soars with a Top Album, a Hot Tour, and Songs of Spirit and Conscience 48
Luminous Times: U2 Wrestle with Their Moment of Glory 58
Chapter 4 Experiments and Backlash 79
Hating U2 81
Me2 91
Eno: The Story Behind Original Soundtracks 1 99
The Future Sound of U2 102
U2's Crash: Why Pop Flops 115
Chapter 5 The Most Important Band on Earth 121
Raw Power: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's U2--and They Want Their Rock and Roll Crown Back 122
Keeping the Peace 129
Assessment: U2, Their Vague Majesties of Rock 137
Bono's World: Part Rocker, Part Policy Wonk, U2's Singer Calls Himself 'The Thinking Man's Perry Como' 140
Chapter 6 Politics 145
Bono to the Rescue 146
Washington Diarist: Actually (excerpt) 147
U2 Flips Zoo TV Channel to the Horrors of Bosnia (excerpt) 148
Transcript of Bono's Class Day Speech at Harvard 149
Bono 155
Bono Turns up the Political Heat 160
Chapter 7 Spirituality 167
Stop in the Name of Love 168
In Sight 170
The Scripture According to Bono 171
The Spiritual Journey of U2 173
U2's Hi-Tech Tent Revival 175
The New U2 178
Chapter 8 On the Road 185
Honesty Goes out of Control 186
Irish U2, a Young Quartet, Plays at the Ritz 188
U2: Peace with Honor 189
U2 Starts National Tour on a Political Note 191
Achtung Baby, It's U2 in Paris 194
Reluctant Rock Star: How U2's Adam Clayton Learned to Play--and Conquer the World Onstage 196
Chapter 9 On the Record 203
Critical Discography: Perusing the U2 Catalog 204
Boy
U2: Aiming for Number 1 208
U2 Takes the Fifth 209
War
U2's Inspired War 211
Under A Blood Red Sky
Under a Blood Red Sky 213
The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire 213
The Joshua Tree
Love and Friendship, and You're All Invited 214
Rattle and Hum
Elvis Is Alive!? 216
Achtung, Baby
U2 Is Back out on Edge with Bracing Baby 219
U2 Achtung, Baby 222
Zooropa
Zooropa 223
Pop
Millennial Dancing 224
Pop 225
Best of 1980-1990
U2: The Best of 1980-1990 227
All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 Comes Back from the Future 228
Is This Desire? 230
Chapter 10 On the Screen 233
U2: Rattle and Ho-Hum 234
U2 Hits the Road in Rattle and Hum 236
U2's U-Turn (excerpt) 237
Achtung Baby Video Recording Reviews 243
U2's Home Video Stop Sellafield: Good Music and a Message 244
U2 on the Tube: The Rock Superstars Conquer Prime Time 245
Chapter 11 Among Peers 249
Do You Know This Man? 250
The Joshua Tree 261
The Ground Beneath My Feet 262
U2 Q & A 267
U2 at Madison Square Garden 274
Chapter 12 The Business of U2 277
McGuinness on the "Principle" of U2 Management 278
Paul McGuinness: How the Fifth Man Turned Empire Builder 281
Iovine Learns U2's All About El-E-Va-Tion to a New Demographic 293
U2 Grammy Awards 295
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