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Rock Reads: U2 By U2 Review

by Zane Ewton

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U2 by U2 is the first book to take a look at the career of U2 through the eyes of the band members themselves. Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and manager Paul McGuiness take turns sharing details from the band's meager beginnings up to the end of the How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb tour,

The highlight of this book is the photos. Designed like an oversized, multicolored and completely overblown magazine, the photos leap from the page. Some of them are familiar, like the iconic Anton Corbjin black and whites, while others are private snapshots that provide a deeper look into these people than they are willing to share with their own words.

The book is divided by each U2 album. This gets repetitive considering each album recoding process was basically the same thing. The band was under prepared and struggling, then songs began to fall into their lap.

U2 fans, who are the obvious people interested in this book, will find nothing revolutionary or insightful that they haven't read or heard about before. Bono, as expected, has a whole lot to say. Edge is usually focused on the music, Adam just seems happy to hang around and Larry would rather be doing anything else than talking about himself. It's actually Larry's no BS attitude and the Edge's understated sense of humor that makes reading this truly enjoyable. Otherwise it is a great coffee table book to leaf through and check out the hundreds of pictures.
 
 


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