U2 at the End of the World

Author: Bill Flanagan

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780385311571

Category: Music

Page: 536

View: 7965

An intimate chronicle of the three-year "Zoo TV" world tour taken by the popular rock band U2 records such events as the band's encounters with Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie, and Frank Sinatra. Reprint.

Exploring U2

Author: Scott Calhoun

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810881578

Category: Music

Page: 276

View: 4929

A diverse collection of essays examines the work and influence of U2, covering such disciplines as literature, philosophy, music, culture, business, and theology.

One Step Closer

Author: Christian Scharen

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1441200878

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 8071

U2 is widely hailed as the greatest rock and roll band in the world, and lead singer Bono is often seen in the media touting humanitarian goals. Now Christian Scharen provides a thoughtful look at the driving force behind the band. Bono and other band members are marked by the Christian faith of their Irish backgrounds. Scharen reflects on how U2 "fits within the longer Christian tradition of voices that point us to the cross, to Jesus, and to the power of God's ways in the world" as he explores the music's honest spiritual questioning. Music lovers, pastors, and anyone on the path to God will value this book.

U2: The Definitive Biography

Author: John Jobling

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 125002790X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 6328

John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2's most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders. Filled with captivating revelations, reader will learn: - How Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. worshiped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band's early days - Insider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby - Creative tensions within the band and power struggles among management - How the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heights - Both the successes and controversies of Bono's wide-sweeping philanthropic and political ventures - The disconnect between the band's personal lives and public personas Sure to inspire debate with every music lover, U2: The Definitive Biography humanizes the band and paints an honest picture of a band's rise to the top, plunging into the heart and underlying soul of this iconic rock and roll band.

The Frontman

Author: Harry Browne

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781680825

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 836

Celebrity philanthropy comes in many guises, but no single figure better encapsulates its delusions, pretensions and wrongheadedness than U2’s iconic frontman, Bono—a fact neither sunglasses nor leather pants can hide. More than a mere philanthropist—indeed, he lags behind many of his peers when it comes to parting with his own money—Bono is better described as an advocate, one who has become an unwitting symbol of a complacent wealthy Western elite. The Frontman reveals how Bono moved his investments to Amsterdam to evade Irish taxes; his paternalistic and often bullying advocacy of neoliberal solutions in Africa; his multinational business interests; and his hobnobbing with Paul Wolfowitz and shock-doctrine economist Jeffrey Sachs. Carefully dissecting the rhetoric and actions of Bono the political operator, The Frontman shows him to be an ambassador for imperial exploitation, a man who has turned his attention to a world of savage injustice, inequality and exploitation—and helped make it worse.

Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas

Author: Michka Assayas

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444718746

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 5785

Bono is one of the most influential musicians at work today. Over the past twenty-five years his band, U2, have sold a staggering 130 million albums and collected 14 Grammys. Their success has made Bono one of the most recognisable faces in the world. Here, in a series of conversations with his friend, the music journalist, Michka Assayas, Bono reflects on his transformation from extrovert singer of a small, Irish, post-punk band into an international rock star. Along the way he speaks candidly about his childhood, about his mother's death, about his Christian faith and about his difficult relationship with his father, who died recently. Bono also speaks passionately about how he has used his fame as a platform to campaign fervently on a range of global issues, and why these issues - which include the IRA ceasefire, Third World debt and, most recently, the growing AIDS crisis in Africa - are so important to each of us. Intimate, humorous, and fiercely opinionated, BONO ON BONO is Bono's story in his own words. It will fascinate and challenge fans of U2 and general readers alike.

Eyes Wide Open

Author: William D. Romanowski

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1441200800

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 7622

Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Indiana Jones to Homer Simpson, and he speaks with historical depth and expertise on films from Casablanca to Crash and music from Bruce Springsteen to U2. Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. An engaging read, this new edition introduces students and thoughtful readers to popular culture--one of the most influential forces in contemporary society.


Author: David Kootnikoff

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313365237

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 173

View: 9026

Presents the story of the Irish rock band, discussing their win in a local competition which secured their first recording contract, their commercial successes and tours, and the espousal of political and humanitarian causes by Bono, the lead singer.

Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond

Author: Dr Mark Fitzgerald,Dr John O'Flynn

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472409663

Category: Music

Page: 341

View: 2318

This interdisciplinary volume of essays contemplates whether ‘music in Ireland’ can be regarded as one interrelated plane of cultural and/or national identity, given the various conceptions and contexts of both Ireland and Music that give rise to multiple sites of identification. Arranged in interweaving sections of ‘Historical Perspectives’, ‘Recent and Contemporary Production’ and ‘Cultural Explorations’ its various chapters act to juxtapose the socio-historical distinctions between the major style categories - traditional, classical and popular - and to explore a range of dialectical relationship(s) between these musical styles in matters pertaining to national and cultural identity.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Swift, Rob - ZZ Top

Author: Colin Larkin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Popular music

Page: 883

View: 1601

Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the Third Edition. Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.