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December 19th, 2006

U2 Literature @ 02:52 pm

tiffiny:
I've been living under a rock and have only read two U2 books (Into the Heart and U2 at the End of the World), but would like to read more. What do you recommend?

(Sorry if this has come up before. I did a search and couldn't find anything.)
 
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From:maldeluxx
Date:December 19th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
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"U2 by U2"


*runs* :)
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Definitely U2 by U2, and if you want to get a better handle on some of the more spiritual themes of their work, I recommend Walk On by Steve Stockman.
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From:sapphires13
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
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U2 By U2, it's the new U2 Bible ;P

Warning though, the book is huge, heavy, and unwieldy, injury to the wrists, from lugging the book around with you may occur.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Worth every penny and every permanent injury, tho ;-)
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From:rosephile
Date:December 20th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
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And makes your legs fall asleep if you like to try to read it cross-legged with it on your lap.
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From:lastrega
Date:December 20th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
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And unlike many coffee table books, you could actually use this one as a coffee table.

A fabulous, fabulous coffee table.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I'm not sure how good your background knowledge is, but stay right away from Lola Cashcow Cashman.
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From:lastrega
Date:December 20th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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Heh. That one I bought in Adelaide when we raided that second-hand bookshop turned out to be quite good.

It was U2: The Rolling Stone Files, for all of you who aren't lydia_petze and I. It's a collection of articles, reviews and interviews with U2 from Rolling Stone. Not awesome, but interesting in its own way.
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From:joey788
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
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U2 Live is a good choice. It has a complete history of all their concerts from the beginning until 2003. It gives details about the setlist and what occured during that specific show. It's amazing.
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From:phoenixwish
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Race of Angels is a bit long and not as funny as other U2 books, but still interesting. It deals mostly with U2 and Irishness.

Also, U2 - Faraway, So Close by BP Fallon. Yes, the guru, DJ and viber who weighs about the same as a canary and really wasn't popular with Larry. It's got lots of pictures and not so much text, but it's funny. It's basically the story of the Zoo TV/Zooropa tours from BP's POV. And he is one crazy man.
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From:writergeek313
Date:December 20th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
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Is Fallon's book back in print? I got a copy of it about 12 or 13 (!) years ago and have treated it with love more recently because I didn't think I'd ever be able to replace it. I love the graphic design of it, and Fallon is hilarious.

I like The U2 Show, largely because of the short essays by crew members and other people affiliated with the band in the back. Even better, it's been in the bargain bins of Barnes and Noble this year, so you may be able to track down a copy for, say, $4. There's also Bono In Conversation, which I've somehow had for almost a year and not read, though I think I'll finally get around to it soon.

I also have U2 books by Carter Alan and Eamon Dunphy; I'm not crazy about Alan's, and Dunphy's book isn't accurate or well-written enough to seek out, especially not if you've already read the very excellent U2 at the End of the World and are planning on picking up U2 By U2.

Corbijn's U2 & I is a gorgeous collection of photos, but it's overpriced, in my opinion. I got a copy for Christmas last year and have hardly looked at it because I'm afraid I'll wreck it!
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From:phoenixwish
Date:December 20th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, I have no idea. I found it at a library a couple of years ago and was just listing what I knew, sorry. :-)
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From:lastrega
Date:December 20th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
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There's also Bono In Conversation, which I've somehow had for almost a year and not read, though I think I'll finally get around to it soon.

It's a good read, a lot of the same stories all the biographers end up with, but some interesting things too. Michka Assayas has a nice style and an obvious admiration for his subject. I'd recommend it.
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From:bonoffee
Date:December 19th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
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I like the big Best of Propaganda book I have. For people like me who are maybe too young to have got all the issues (or any of them, in my case!) it's a great record of the magazine and there is some interesting stuff in it. Other than that I have to join in with the U2byU2 recs, but I still think the Orange Bible is amazing.
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From:lastrega
Date:December 19th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
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I Was Bono's Doppelganger by Neil McCormick made me laugh like a crazy person. Really fabulous book and some interesting insights into early U2 and the rock business.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 20th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
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/facepalm

How could I have forgotten that one? It's a favourite! And also, it's US title is Killing Bono. And yes, it's fantastic.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:December 20th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
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Seconded...er, thirded! But heartily so. That book was fantastic, and I recommend it to all rock fans, not just U2-ites.
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From:signifiers
Date:December 20th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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Definitely U2byU2, along with The Best of Propaganda and The U2 Reader.
From:striped_bouncer
Date:December 20th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely "U2 by U2" -- it doesn't get better than that ;-)))

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