I’m a Fan: How I married U2 into my life without going

I’m a Fan: How I married U2 into my life without going

by Eric Shivvers

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BN ID: 2940012441997
Publisher: Eric Shivvers
Publication date: 05/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 387 KB

About the Author

Eric Shivvers is an avid music fan who grew up in an academic household where opportunities of travel and exposure to the arts and culture abound. His first foray in rock band fandom began at age seven when he desired to be like KISS’s drummer Peter Criss. Much to Eric’s chagrin, he was given a violin by his mother and expected to practice Mozart under the KISS posters, which lined his bedroom walls. At the age of nine, Eric’s musical passion was set ablaze when he witnessed the punk movement on the streets of London while he was on sabbatical leave with his parents in 1977. Four years later, Eric and his family lived in the South of France where Eric observed the Polish Solidarity marches, in Paris, in December 1981. Both the punk movement and the Solidarity marches had a profound impact on Eric as well as U2. During high school, numerous friends and peers tried to influence Eric with U2. The valiant attempts of introduction to the Irish quartet failed until one Christmas when Eric went on his own U2 self-discovery and he got hooked. A few years later, when he entered the hallowed halls of the University of Iowa as a sophomore, U2 was crisscrossing America on the Joshua Tree Tour. They were scheduled to play in Cedar Falls, Iowa but had to change venues. The band decided to play Iowa City, where Eric was attending college. It was a magical night and the first of many for Eric, seeing his band play live.

After college, Eric packed up his life and moved to Chicago to pursue his career as a graphic designer. He started in the back of a print shop, hand-setting type, and eventually moved into the advertising world building ad campaigns, Web sites, designing logos and executing direct mail pieces. All along the way, he never lost his passion for U2. In fact, he had a creative idea of custom-painting clothing for them and made it into their inner sanctum, one of Eric’s greatest achievements as a graphic designer. Over the past twenty years, Eric has custom painted jeans, which have been auctioned off at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinema Against AIDS event as well as various New York charity events sponsored by amfAR.

Eric is a freelance graphic designer, residing in Chicago, where he spends his free time with his wife checking out great food haunts as well as seeing the next generation of musicians who pass through the Windy City.

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