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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Media Group, Inc; Revised edition (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976035758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976035756
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By rammie on 4 Oct 2002
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Stockman gives an often fascinating insight into the driving force behind U2's music, not religion so much as faith. The majority of songs make an appearance, even if the last chapter appears a rushed re-write to republish post-All That You Can't Leave Behind.
He backs up his arguments well but has a tendency to be too sycophantic and, not surprisingly given his job (a priest), can appear to read too much into particular lines or even words, the references being somewhat far fetched.
Overall though, I'd say this is a great read for any U2 fan - read it and you will never listen to the music the same way again.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb 2002
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This is a book composed from the pouring over of interveiws music and shows of U2 by a man with twenty years of devoted listning of the biggist rock band on earth, that also happens to be one of most influential voices for social justice and human rights issues in the world.
The book tells of what was going on in the spiritual lives of U2 as they made their music. Taking albums, songs, and live shows and contextualising them, helping the listner understand the impact and meaning of the music. Using Bono and his lyrics the writer is quick to appliy the music to biblical principles and passages, showing how all along it has been the church who have slated U2 as turning their backs on God, using 'still havnt found what im looking for' as amunition, when in actual fact they have done nothing of the sort, indicated in interprting the real meaning of this brilliant song and other such works. As well as lyrics, shows such as Zoo Tv and pop are commented on and the meaning of the actions, dress etc. expounded, as well as the changing image and reinvention of the band and their music at the beggining of the 90's and again in the new release of 'All that you carnt leave behind'.
Having no direct quotes from the band, the book can be slightly speculative at times, but for any dvoted lover of u2, who wants to go further, deeper into the phenomena of their fantastic music and lives, as well as finding comfort, surport and inspiration, this is a good book!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Withers on 10 July 2005
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I have been a U2 fan since Boy and found this a truly engaging book. It takes you along their journey from Dublin roots to megastardom. What I really liked was the authenticity of this book. We all know that most of the band are committed Christians - but no punches are pulled. The book deals head on with the challenges of living a life of faith in the spotlight. U2s songs reflect this journey and their struggles and reveals their prophetic voice. After 25 years, this book has inspired me to come afresh to their music. I am now so enjoying going back through my collection - and hearing the music from a slightly different place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meriadoc on 14 Jan 2010
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This book suffers from two main weaknesses. Firstly, it is an outsider's view. Stockman has no first-hand interviews with the boys in the band, and is thus forced to rely on second-hand material. Since he has not taken his questions directly to Bono and Co. much of his writing lacks the ring of intimacy and must be regarded as an outsider's best guesses.

The second weakness is that it is unremittingly hagiographic. This became obvious early on in the book, so I was on the look-out for places where Stockman questions or criticises anything the band have done . . . and discovered only one example. (When the band chose to end the European version of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb with the track Fast Cars instead of, as in the US version, Yahweh.) I wasn't looking for a hatchet job, but an objective appraisal requires a little more than adulation alone: a degree of detachment and an ability to genuinely critique the band's work is lacking. As it stands the book is more of an apologetic from a devotee.

Two positive things: the book is well-written and appears to be well-researched. This earns the book the 3 stars in my rating. Stockman can be quite lyrical in his own right and his book does contain many genuine insights into U2's work, albeit, as mentioned above, second-hand.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Cornforth on 2 July 2003
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I thought I was the only one who thought that U2 had been unfairly treated by the mainstream Christian Press. At last we now have a studied and sympathetic analysis of their faith and their struggles.
Steve Stockman takes us on their journey from The Shalom Fellowship and near abandonment of their musical lives to meetings with the Pope, World Leaders and the magnificent All That you Can't Leave Behind. We see U2 as artists who have taken their faith and doubts where few other Christians could have dreamt. Why is it that they would have more been accepted if they had performed overtly christian material to entertain exclusively christian audiences? For the answer you should read this book.
It is not a complete biography. It doesn't pretend to be. But it does give a real insight into the World's Greatest and probably least understood band
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