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U2: The Definitive Biography [Format Kindle]

John Jobling
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Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

John Jobling is a British film and music journalist. He is the former music editor of the UK lifestyle website Mansized and has also contributed to Total Film and Playstation Sports, among others. Over the years, he has interviewed such personalities as Gillian Anderson, Mick “Mankind” Foley, and Karen O.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2917 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas Dunne Books (7 octobre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 super biographie 26 novembre 2014
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différent de ce que l'on connait ou a été écrit sur le groupe ! plein d'anecdotes ou choses à apprendre sur ce groupe mythique !
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't waste your money - poorly written and fails to give attribution to original sources 5 novembre 2014
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 u2-human after all 5 novembre 2014
Par tony romo - Publié sur
I consider myself well read when it comes to all things u2 and I found this biography to be the best book about the band since bill Flanagan's "u2 bible" in the mid 90s.Much of the information here,told through various associates of the band,was new to me.I particularly enjoyed the behind the scenes look into the making of my favourite u2 album,the Joshua tree ,which included the revelation that Bono's defining lyrics were the result of a last minute intervention from other band members.The account of working with the "mad genius" Martin Hannett pre boy also made me chuckle and was quite touching when taking into account his tragically young death.Furthermore it was refreshing to see the band come across as mere mortals capable of going off the rails like the rest of us sinners as opposed to the invincible (and untouchable) rockgods they're often portrayed as.The book doesn't shy away from u2's strengths and weaknesses, both on and off the stage, and if anything it serves to make them and the music they've created over the years even more fascinating. I'm sure I'll be dipping back into it whenever I listen to the band.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 U Talkin' U2 to Me? I don't think so, Fahgedabout this book as an informative reference!!! 17 octobre 2014
Par lukefromxu@hotmail. - Publié sur
This book is truly terrible. No narratives, shady interviews, and just sloppy amateurish writing.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 A for effort. F for execution. Skip it. 15 avril 2015
Par Warren W Davis - Publié sur
I typically avoid giving one star reviews when it would be easier not to comment at all. In this case, however, reading this book was so dissatisfying I couldn't resist. To be sure, I am a fan of U2 and biased but I'm not sure who the target audience for this type of book would be other than fans or musicians who have a moderate interest in U2 or their celebrity. That said, the book works as a narrative cobbling together minor details trolled from pre-existing source materials, interviews, articles, but there doesn't seem to be any revelatory reporting, insight, explication or assessment other than endnotes designed to cast a pall over the success of the most successful of bands.

Jobling's description of the band's music is minimal and frequently relies on characterizations of critics rather than musicians, producers, other bands, industry insiders or fans. If I didn't know the songs, I would have no idea what Jobling is describing, why the musicianship was important, or the songs groundbreaking and successful.

Descriptions of the principals rely heavily on he said/she said quotes without citation of sources or at least setting the stage for context and conflict. I often felt like I was reading a canned "In Touch" or "Esquire" type of reporting based on flawed Wiki entries, anonymous blogs, and "insider sources close to the band." If the author's goal was to create cardboard characters in a static backdrop and take the piss out of U2 (especially Bono) - he succeeds only if the book sells so well with fans it turns them off. If his goal was to humanize celebrity and crack the surface of what makes their contributions to the music industry relevant years after their prime- he has failed.

After finishing this book, I was not sure who the audience was, how it could be described as definitive, or why it would be released in hardback with the price tag on it. I highly recommend skipping this book and reading books by Eamon Dunphy, Bill Flanagan and the "Stories Behind Every Song" books that are out there. Couple that with a few fun articles from Rolling Stone on the Achtung to Pop period and you're set.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise, impartial and insightful 23 février 2015
Par AL - Publié sur
Ordered a copy of the book after reading a glowing review in The Wall Street Journal and thought I might like it. Happy to report I did. There’s a great deal of new information about the band’s gargantuan discography and working relationships behind the scenes. It’s not just the Bono/lead singer show either, as is the norm with U2 books (and other pop group biographies, for that matter), as each member is given ample print space. A lot of it endearing, some not so endearing. Jobling uses an almost embarrassing wealth of new interview material to expand and deconstruct the U2 legend. They didn’t just want to be big, they wanted to be the biggest; and they achieved that, but as some insiders argue here, that success came at a high price on a character level. Includes lots of great photos as well.
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