John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2’s most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders. Filled with captivating revelations, reader will learn:How Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. worshipped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band’s early daysInsider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung BabyCreative tensions within the band and power struggles among managementHow the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heightsBoth the successes and controversies of Bono’s wide-sweeping philanthropic and political ventures The disconnect between the band’s personal lives and public personas
Sure to inspire debate with every music lover, U2: The Definitive Biography humanizes the band and paints an honest picture of a band’s rise to the top, plunging into the heart and underlying soul of this iconic rock and roll band.
Into the Heart
Ireland in the 1970s was a grim and depressing sight, a far cry from the picturesque snowdrops, daffodils, and early-morning dew cited in the country’s Eurovision-winning entry “All Kinds of Everything” at the dawn of the decade. Ireland was dreary, oppressive, and bereft of hope; ravaged by nationwide inflation, endless public-sector strikes, high unemployment, and high emigration. Dublin’s north inner city was the epicenter of Ireland’s crisis. There the buildings were dirty and decrepit, with over 70 percent of the old
"Still haven't found what you're looking for? Then I suggest you search no further. U2: The Definitive Biography is a fascinating, well-written, and utterly comprehensive narrative about one of the biggest and most important rock bands of our time." —Kent Hartman, author of The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
“Jobling presents a researched, knowing and briskly paced saga.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jobling presents the first unauthorized biography of the iconic Irish band in their almost 40-year career… U2 fans will eat this up.”—Booklist