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July 16th, 2004

(no subject) @ 10:29 pm

I'm currently feelin: sleepy sleepy

I've just been watching Greatest Hits [of U2 obviously] on the Q music channel. I'd still be watching it but I got kicked out of the living room. So I'm here asking questions. Does anyone know where the Sunday Bloody Sunday video was shot? And could someone tell me what the song is about? I don't know much about the history/politics/content of alot of their songs. Or if you can't be bothered to explain does anybody know of any good sites I could read up about it?
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Date:July 16th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Somebody can explain the meaning of the song and the politics better than I, but the video was shot at Red Rocks, Colorado on June 5, 1983. There was a VHS release of some of the show (about 40 minutes was cut, I think), which you can probably still find if you look around.
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Date:July 16th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)

politics, god, love, sex, drugs, war...

there is so much more to their songs than any one of us can explain here....

go read up at:
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Date:July 16th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
the song copes from the politics of Ireland and the shooting of members of the public by the Uk military ,,, but at much incitement ..

there have been many many documentaries on the subject in the UK in the last 20 yeras or so
Date:July 16th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
just wanted to add that the docu-movie "Bloody Sunday" would help explain about event the song name is after, too!!
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Date:July 16th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll try to explain the song, but I haven't been up long and my brain hasn't kicked into gear, so if my facts and figures are embarrassingly wrong, that's why.

- The first Bloody Sunday was in the 1910s (1912?) when British authorities gunned down a crowd attending a soccer game, resulting in the deaths of about 10-20 people.
- The second Bloody Sunday was on 1972. I honestly cannot remember what happened then, even though I've read some of a book about it! Urgh, I shouldn't have got up so early. In any case, I think it was a terrorist attack.
- The song itself is focused on the whole situation in Ireland, calling for an end to violence and condemning the use of terrorism. For this reason, on the War Tour, Bono would yell "This is not a rebel song!" at the start - he did not want to be seen to support the rebel cause in any way. I think some misinterpreted it that way.

Other songs about the violence in Ireland include Love Is Blindness, Please, and Peace On Earth.
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Date:July 16th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
In 1972 (January 30th, to be exact), British soldiers opened fire on some demonstrators, killing 13 people. According to the British government, the protest march (against internment without trial) was illegal. The soldiers who opened fire were brought to trial by the British government, but were found not guilty.

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