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U2: The Road to Pop

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Carter Alan tracks the U2's incredible rise in America. Alan, a freelance writer and music director for WBCN Boston, one of the country's most important modern rock radio stations, has traveled extensively with U2 and hosted several syndicated radio specials with the band. Using material from years of exclusive interviews with the group and its management, he explores the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Faber & Faber (first published October 31st 1994)
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This is the updated and released book formally known as Outside is America: U2 in the U.S. For some reason a lot of hard-core U2 fans hold luke-warm feelings when it comes to The Road to Pop. I happened to have enjoyed reading this book. It was a very easy novelesque read for even the casual fan. I will say that the author does interject his own theories behind certain aspects in the bands history. In the end I would recommend The Road to Pop to a casual-big fan of U2.
As much as I love U2, I just could not get into this one. I've read a ton of books about my favorite bands, but this one just couldn't keep my focus for long at all. Luckily there are plenty of books on U2 to choose from. I will move on to one of those :)
Grindy Stone
Hagiography, reads like a U2 press release or a fan club newsletter.
carter allen played the first u2 song in the united states. this was on the now non existent wbcn in boston.

back in the day when they weren't a household name, everytime they toured he would host u2 a-z. this was with songs like j swallo, and walk to the water included. sometimes u2 would be there, sometimes not. but carter knows his stuff.
for one thing he knows the lead guitarist name isn't Ed.
Dec 12, 2009 Mlewis91 is currently reading it
I bought U2 CDs and listened to them as I read the parts of the book that focused on each CD.
I got Boy, October, War, Under A Blood Red Sky, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Three, and Achtung Baby so far.
Paul Chandler
I really really like U2. And I like behind the scenes stories. Great Match
Jan 14, 2008 Lafcadio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lafcadio by: Mike
Shelves: medium, nutshell, suite
Too bad it ends at Pop... not a very good album.
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