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January 25th, 2009

ouch. @ 08:52 pm

Bono comes in for a bit of a bashing in this article from the Irish Times, posted on @u2. I don't necessarily disagree with some of what the writer is saying, but I have a few issues with the whole 'U2 are not musically relevant' argument. Plus, I don't think that Bono saying stuff about dreams in the middle of a song means he doesn't have a clue what's going on. He can't exactly expand his thoughts into a 20,000 word thesis when he's on stage. (But I admit I did LOL at the part where he looked like a man who'd left the gas on.) And also, much as I like Bruce Springsteen (and I do) I only really like when he's doing the talky, narrative albums and not so much the stadium bombast. Because, y'know, Springsteen is also a stadium rocker.

Bono and Bruce are friends, of course, so who cares, ultimately. But I just felt like throwing this out there for other people's consideration.

ETA: Would help if I linked to the article, eh?


Don't worry, Bono, I still love you. Most of the time.
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Date:January 25th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh! I tweeted that last night and then forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me. I was going to talk about the whole idea of the 'impossible journey' narrative, which is not at all a new thing for Bono to be talking about, but that's the first time I've seen anyone in the press pick up on it. It's very much part of the whole U2 mythos, even if a lot of the story is a bit exaggerated here and there. But then all the best stories contain a goodly element of exaggeration and Bono's never been one to shy away from that.
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Date:January 26th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Some of it, is true, but imo this part shows that the author is seeing what he wants to see, as well.

Most importantly, he's politically brave in a way that Bono will not
be. He takes sides. He's not afraid to make enemies. Unlike Bono, pal
of all presidents, he will not sup with the devil, partly because he
knows what it's like when his political enemies misread and
misappropriate his music.

Bono's an activist and if he has to kiss ass for the greater good, then he does it. Meanwhile, it's the easy way out to claim we're not sacrificing any of our morals. He gets things done, at least, our Bono.
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Date:January 26th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Those who can change the world, do.
Those that can't bitch about the way the people who are trying to change the world talk.
I often find it a sad commentary on our society that we so easily mock people for doing something to help others.
Date:January 26th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)

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