U2: Rock ‘n’ Roll to Change the World

U2: Rock ’n’ Roll to Change the World is a comprehensive exploration of how one of the most successful bands in the history of rock music has both influenced culture and, conversely, been shaped by the milieu it inhabits, revealing an exciting interplay of artistic expression and social engagement. The book tracks the youthful idealism of four adolescents barely able to play instruments, across a forty-year career to a point where U2 has become a global icon, known as much for its political, ethical and spiritual activism as for its ground-breaking musical artistry. Pursuing a delicate balance between the internal and the external, this Irish quartet—featuring Bono (lead vocal), Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums)—provides a case study of artistic struggle in both the inner and outer realms. Never content with the status quo, U2 has continually sought to unsettle as well as adapt to a rapidly changing world, often drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and many other activists and global leaders, as well as their Christian faith. This creative give-and-take with culture has characterized U2’s work for four decades, and is why fans worldwide listen to, learn from and follow U2.

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