"U2" by "U2"

"U2" by "U2"

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"I always thought the job was to be as great as you could be." - Bono. This is the story of U2, in their own words and pictures. This limited, numbered edition of 5,000 - 10,000 copies worldwide is exquisitely bound and boxed with an exclusive facsimile of U2's first ever gig poster (outside Dublin), printed to the original size. This is a true collector edition for all true fans of the band. Told with wit, insight and astonishing candour by the band themselves and manager Paul McGuinness, with pictures from their own archives, "U2 By U2" allows unprecedented access into the inner life of the greatest rock band of our times. Bad haircuts, worse hangovers, prayer meetings and wild parties, encounters with presidents and popes, intimate accounts of the creation of all their classic songs, it is all here in a book overseen by the band with the same passion for substance, style and immaculate attention to details familiar from their musical career. "We wore it as a stubborn badge of pride that we weren't prepared to fall into line with every other group and take the fashionable stance of the day. We were uncool because we were hot, we just erupted as a live band." - The Edge. In 1975, four teenagers from Mount Temple School in Dublin gathered in a crowded kitchen to discuss forming a band. The drum kit just about fit into the room, the lead guitarist was playing a homemade guitar, the bassist could barely play at all and nobody wanted to be the singer. Over thirty years later, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr are still together, bound by intense loyalty, passionate idealism and a relentless belief in the power of rock and roll to change the world. "We are trying to pin down something elusive, something that represents where we are, emotionally, physically, spiritually, but is also fresh and exciting. If it is not absolutely the best it can be, then why bother?" - Adam Clayton. "Being in U2 is more like riding a runaway train. We are just ordinary guys, hanging on to this thing for our lives." - Larry Mullen Jnr.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 265 x 318mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Entertainment
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Special edition
  • De Luxe edition
  • 0007240236
  • 9780007240234

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Neil McCormick, U2's amanuensis, is one of the UK's leading music journalists. Neil attended Mount Temple School in Dublin with Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry and witnessed U2's first ever performance. He has followed their career ever since, as a fan, friend and occasional critic. Neil writes a weekly newspaper column for the Daily Telegraph. He is a regular pundit on BBC television and radio. Neil is author of the best-selling memoir I Was Bono's Doppelganger, aka Killing Bono. Art Director Steve Averill has worked with U2 since their inception, firstly offering advice based on his role as a member of The Radiators from Space and then, in a more lasting role, as designer and art director of Four5One Creative he works with a design team that includes fellow long-time U2 designer Shaughn McGrath and the book's designer Gary Kelly.show more