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by Niall Stokes

U2: The Stories Behind Every U2 Song (Stories Behind the Songs) download ebook
ISBN:
1847322875
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978-1847322876
Author:
Niall Stokes
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Carlton Books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
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4.5

U2: The Stories Behind the Song is a good book for anyone wanting to know more about U.

The stories told in each song's profile follow no formula or criteria - some cover lyrics, some music, some production, some inspiration, etc. Those stories are great and I like their inclusion, but I much prefer that every song had a lyrical explanation. 2. The author at times seems to marginalize the amount of Christian reference in U2's music.

I did look up some songs because the story sounded interesting. When it came to songs I knew, the story was thorough and told me what I wanted. I am a big fan of u2's music and have just a hour all of their studio albums, so this book was a bunch of fun. More of a behind the music special. Recommends it for: U2 fans.

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U2 fans who want material on the band but still haven’t found what they’re looking for will welcome this song-by-song volume. This definitive new book features original and revealing interviews with the group, plus key people close to them

U2 fans who want material on the band but still haven’t found what they’re looking for will welcome this song-by-song volume. This definitive new book features original and revealing interviews with the group, plus key people close to them. It not only traces U2’s meteoric rise to fame, but explores the background and inspiration behind every song written by the band. A full analysis of U2’s long-awaited new album No Line on the Horizon makes up the last main chapter

My sister bought me this book today called "The Stories Behind Every U2 Song" by Niall Stokes. Have any of you guys heard of it? It has every single song from Boy till No Line, so I'm assuming it's somewhat new.

My sister bought me this book today called "The Stories Behind Every U2 Song" by Niall Stokes. I haven't started reading it yet, but I was just wondering if anyone has head of it. It seems like it could be pretty useful.

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This definitive new book features original and revealing interviews with the group, plus key people close to them. It not only traces U2's meteoric rise to fame, but explores the background and inspiration behind every song written by the band. A full analysis of U2's long-awaited new album "No Line on the Horizon" makes up the last main chapter. 14 people like this topic.

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We sing to top songs in the car, listen to them at work, and dance to them at parties. But, behind every top song, there’s a story and meaning maybe we didn’t hear initially. Sometimes it’s masked by the sound of the song

We sing to top songs in the car, listen to them at work, and dance to them at parties. Sometimes it’s masked by the sound of the song. For instance, an upbeat tune may have a darker meaning hidden in the lyrics. Of course, other times, the stories behind these songs are funny and insightful, making things much clearer. Be ready, because many of these true stories behind the songs might radically change how you listen to them.

U2 fans who want material on the band but “still haven’t found what they’re looking for” will welcome this song-by-song volume. This definitive new book features original and revealing interviews with the group, plus key people close to them. It not only traces U2’s meteoric rise to fame, but explores the background and inspiration behind every song written by the band. A full analysis of U2’s long-awaited new album No Line on the Horizon makes up the last main chapter.

 

Reviews:
  • Scoreboard Bleeding
U2: The Stories Behind the Song is a good book for anyone wanting to know more about U2. The book is very reasonably-priced, mainly due to its small size, compared to older editions. However, this is the fourth edition of the book, and compared to the previous edition, it is quite lacking. For starters, a lot of information from the previous edition is missing. Almost every song from Boy up to No Line on the Horizon is explained in detail, but a lot of the entries for older songs have been shortened, with less information that was previously available. I compared the two books side-by-side and noticed that some song entries had as much as entire paragraphs removed. Second, the layout is much less appealing. The previous edition was very colorful and full of photographs, while this edition is simply black text on white pages, with small photographs on some pages, and other pages entirely full of text. Third, there is not much new information in this edition that was not in the previous one. The only new information that was not available in the previous edition was information on the 11 songs from No Line on the Horizon, but each song is only explained for anywhere from one paragraph to one page. Entries for older songs take up anywhere from one to three pages.

As far as additional content goes, there is a section that covers B-sides, non-album songs, the Passengers album, and The Million Dollar Hotel film soundtrack, just like in the old edition. Like the rest of the book, a lot of these entries are much shorter than the previous edition, and there is no new material found here. The B-sides range from "Boy/Girl" (1979) to "Always" (2002), but there are no B-sides covered newer than that. "Electrical Storm", a single from the compilation album The Best of 1990-2000, was missing from the previous edition, and is not in this edition either. Other new songs missing include "The Saints Are Coming" and "Window in the Skies", both from the compilation album U218 Singles.

Basically, everything is this edition is lessened from the previous edition. There are less pictures and much less content. The book is much smaller, and even the title has been shortened. Previous editions were known as "Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every Song", while this edition is simply titled "The Stories Behind Every Song". If you are looking for a great "coffee table-like" book about U2, I would stick with the old edition, U2: Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every Song. If you already own the previous edition, I do not see a need to purchase the new edition, even you are a hardcore U2 fan like myself. It is currently still available on Amazon.com (and still in print, I believe), and while it is more expensive, it is definitely worth the price.
  • Bandiri
First Negatives, then positives:

Negatives:
1. Not all of the songs have interpretations of the lyrics. Most, but not all. The stories told in each song's profile follow no formula or criteria - some cover lyrics, some music, some production, some inspiration, etc. Those stories are great and I like their inclusion, but I much prefer that every song had a lyrical explanation.

2. The author at times seems to marginalize the amount of Christian reference in U2's music. It just doesn't come up in proportion to how big it has been throughout U2's history.

3. Where is "Holy Joe" ? Other B-Sides are covered!

4. At times it's difficult to determine which points are the author's speculation and which are his conveyances of U2's thoughts and ideas. He admits in the introduction that some editorial speculation and interpretation - but I'd like some clarity about which is which, because I'm more interested in what U2 has to say than reading Stoke's brainstorming about his take.

As for the positives:

1. The book is very comprehensive (except for Holy Joe!) and very well organized - chronologically by album with a section in the back covering B-Sides, and other stuff not on albums. It gives a 2 or 3 page 'profile' on each song with several nice color pictures.

2. Despite my crticism above about not offering a lyric interpretation or explanation of every song, Stokes did a great job of finding some very interestings stories on other aspects of how songs came together.

3. And the last thing is that there don't seem to be any, or at least not many other books like this out there. I know there are others on this topic (covering U2 song by song) but the ones I've seen don't do as good of a job. In fact, the others I've seen actually make the line between editorializing and describing U2 by their own words - even more unclear. So if there are better works of this sort on U2 out there - I haven't seen them.

Enjoy the book!
  • Boraston
While this certainly isn't an exhaustive insight into U2's writing process; it is still an interesting peek behind the curtain. Some songs get a lengthier treatment than others; and at times the author is more dedicated to serving his own political views than the songs he is writing about. As a document, this book stands as more of a series of captions in the U2 family photo album; as there is nary a criticism leveled at the latter career missteps of the , 'Pop' album and the weaker points of the 'No Line' album. At any rate, true U2 fans will be appreciative of Stokes' overall efforts.
  • Amarin
Look, if it were still the 1980's, this book would have been a gold mine. It has a lot of miscellaneous facts that U2 fans would pore over myopically.

But in the days of the internet, they'd better come out with something really special for a book like this. Because there are plenty of fan sites that have interesting facts behind each song if you become curious about one.

But most of the text here is in the vein of telling you what you already know (eg, "Bono ended up writing a song about loss"), or pointing out what is obvious (eg, "the Edge's playing here is atmospheric").

You frauds. That's not "the story behind every song."

By the way, DON'T buy this on the Kindle. It's confusing: they seem to have dropped pictures randomly throughout the digital text. That might not be a problem except that the text refers to these pictures but it's not clear when the text is and isn't. The blurb for a picture might come 3-4 pages before or after when the picture is displayed on your Kindle.

What a disaster.
  • Mikarr
A wonderful look at the workings behind some of the most influential songs of the past three decades. Recommended for fans and those who want to learn how to tell stories with song.