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U2: The Definitive Biography

U2: The Definitive Biography

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. worshiped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band’s early days

- Insider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby

- Creative tensions within the band and power struggles among management

- How the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heights

- Both 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.

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3 Responses to U2: The Definitive Biography

  • SLL says:
    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t waste your money – poorly written and fails to give attribution to original sources, November 4, 2014
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    SLL (United States) –
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    This review is from: U2: The Definitive Biography (Hardcover)
    While the author uses many sources for this book, which are listed in the bibliography, he fails to give full credit to the authors with attribution throughout the book – he has taken complete quotes from U2 By U2 (Bono, Larry, Edge and Adam), U2: A Diary (Matt McGee), and U2: At The End Of The World (Bill Flanagan) without even a footnote.Combined with grossly exaggerating the events these other authors have already written about, Jobling’s editorial *opinion* is written as gospel truth/fact throughout the book. He writes as if he was a close, personal friend of the band – going so far as stating with certainty the personality of Edge’s daughter, whom he’s never met. No fact checking appears to have been done with this book otherwise publishers would have picked up on the countless factual errors in it. Furthermore, it is by no means “definitive.” With all that has already been written about U2, it’s a pity that this book took a lazy tabloid, sleazy approach to spin U2 in such a negative light with no hard truth to back up the claims Jobling states in the book. He gives plenty of ink to former U2 associates who have a gripe with the band with no fairness or balance to the writing. The book is not written through an impartial lens, rather with an agenda to make U2 appear to be something the band as a collective and its individual members are not. Don’t waste your money on this. I’m sorry I did.

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  • lukefromxu@hotmail. says:
    21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    U Talkin’ U2 to Me? I don’t think so, Fahgedabout this book as an informative reference!!!, October 17, 2014
    This review is from: U2: The Definitive Biography (Hardcover)
    This book is truly terrible. No narratives, shady interviews, and just sloppy amateurish writing.

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  • Matthew R. Williams says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Poorly Written, December 10, 2014
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    I started out very interested in the book but it quickly became apparent that the writing was poor, the author interjected too many of his own opinions on a variety of issues (The Catholic Church is the largest cult around? That’s a paraphrase and btw I’m not Catholic.), and that he had an agenda of casting the band member in the poorest light possible. I lost count of how many times he pointed out how small and pathetic Larry was and how he believes Bono just makes things up. I actually could have forgiven a lot of the mud slinging if the writing had been stellar. It wasn’t even close.

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