A Musical Biography

by David Kootnikoff


In September 1976, 14-year-old Dublin drummer Larry Mullen posted an ad inviting musicians to audition for a new band. Among those answering were singer Paul Hewson, guitarist David Evans, and bassist Adam Clayton. A few years and a few name changes later, U2 was well on its way to reaching the pinnacle of achievement in the modern rock world.

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December 2009


Pages 173
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

This is the story of the phenomenally popular, critically acclaimed Irish band from its Dublin beginnings to the present.

U2: A Musical Biography tells the story of the phenomenally popular Irish rock band whose passionate songs and performances have taken them from their Dublin upbringing to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—all with the band's original foursome of Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, and Adam Clayton intact.

U2 follows the band from the early talent show victory that got them their first recording contract to their 1987 worldwide breakout with The Joshua Tree and the string of critically acclaimed albums and sold-out stadium and arena tours that followed. As the story of U2 unfolds, readers will get a sense of the strong interpersonal bonds and deep-rooted Christian faith that have kept the band together for over three decades. The book also highlights the group's ongoing commitment to supporting a variety of human rights causes worldwide.


  • Includes a complete discography of U2's singles and albums
  • Presents photos of the band spanning the length of its career


  • Explores the unique chemistry of the band’s members that has kept the original quartet intact for over 30 years
  • Examines the role of Christian faith in U2’s music
  • Highlights the band’s efforts in support of a number of human rights causes, including efforts to fight the spread of AIDS, world hunger, and poverty in Africa
Author Info

David Kootnikoff is a Canadian writer currently based in Hong Kong and coauthor of Getting Both Feet Wet: Experiences Inside The Jet Program, which won the Japan Festival Award for contributing to understanding between cultures. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in English at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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