Saturday, June 16, 2012

Recommended Reading - U2 By U2

In 2006, the world's biggest blockbuster band decided to release their story, in their own words. Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry put out U2 By U2, the oral history of the band and verbal account of the inner workings of the band that went from calling themselves Feedback, then The Hype, then U2. It is the story of four schoolboys winning Battle of the Band competitions to selling out stadiums around the world for more than 20 years.

The massive book, filled with rare and unseen photos was a bestseller when it was released and for many, the task of holding and reading it was more of a labor of love than a recreational activity. The book details nearly everything one would ever want to know about the band - from Bono's childhood to Edge taking hallucinogens to Adam's alcoholism to Larry's intolerance from the spotlight. From their relationships with each other to loved ones and who actually comes up with the bizarre concepts of their stage shows, U2 By U2, is much more than an autobiography, it is an encyclopedia that dates from 1978 to 2006. From politics to musical power, U2 explain how they got to be who they are today and all the bumps in the road along the way.