This quote says it all: "Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But ouThis quote says it all: "Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But our most joyful and even profound experiences often come when we are following other people's instructions. When we are making crepes from a recipe, attempting to do a handstand in yoga class, or singing someone else's song. Sometimes it seems like the moment we let go of trying to be original, we actually feel something new -- which was the whole point of being artists in the first place."...more
Beautiful photos of ruins all over the country. All I could do while looking at this book was imagine how much fun I'd have at each site. My only compBeautiful photos of ruins all over the country. All I could do while looking at this book was imagine how much fun I'd have at each site. My only complaint is that the photos are all done on infrared, and while it's lovely, I think they would have been better on regular film.
Here's a good quote from the essay by Christopher Woodward:
"The new office blocks in Silicon Valley are built to be as anonymous and flexible as possible, able to be let to a diversity of temporary owners. Only the logos change. That is a pragmatic response, of course, to the reality of an economy that can put up bigger structures than ever before, more quickly than ever before -- and abandon them more quickly than ever before. But what will the buildings we erect today tell future peoples about the aspirations of our culture?"...more
U2 is pretty much my favorite band of all time and I was delighted to receive this beautiful book from Talia for my last birthday. The pictures are huU2 is pretty much my favorite band of all time and I was delighted to receive this beautiful book from Talia for my last birthday. The pictures are huge and gorgeous, and really encompass the spirit of spectacle that is U2. The fact that U2's tour managers, agents, photographers, sound engineers, and friends would come together and compile their reminiscences of what it was like to put on U2's shows over the years really vouches for their character as a band.
Here are some quotes that I wanted to cut out and keep from this book:
"U2's music has many different elements. If someone comes along to a concert and is inspired to join Amnesty that's one part of it, but someone else may feel emotionally overwhelmed by the music, and someone else again may just come along to jump up and down and bop. They're all relevant; they're all important. They're intertwined, and to put emphasis on one element is wrong." -- Larry Mullen Jr.
"The spirit that we found that was always in our music is stronger now. It's exciting for a rock and roll band to strip itself right down, to take off all recognizable signs and just bash away and say, 'This is still us.'" -- Bono
"In the spring of 1991, having just got home from U2's self-imposed exile in Berlin, Bono telephoned asking me to join him in Tenerife where he and the band were going to explore the carnival. He told me they were making the most exciting album of their career and that it would demand a live show unlike any they had done before. He had a phrase in his head, 'Zoo TV,' which he felt was a key to something, and he had an absurd pair of oversized sunglasses, which he felt were important too." -- Willie Williams
"For quite a while, we sort of defined ourselves in contrast to all those early eighties Britsh groups who only had irony, who hid behind a wink. That whole thing of clever-clever lyrics at the expense of the soul. I've always preferred Van Morrison or Bob Marley, to be quite honest. But, in retrospect, I think we followed that idea through to the end, and now it's time for a new attitude. I guess the big difference is now we've discovered that irony is not necessarily the enemy of the soul." -- The Edge
"There is a lot of soul -- I think it shines even brighter amidst the trash and the junk. Sam Shepard said, 'Right in the centre of contradiction, that's the place to be.' And rock and roll has more contradictions than any art form. U2 spent the eighties trying to resolve some of them. Now we've started the nineties celebrating them. Rock and roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss. It's like I say onstage: 'Some of this bullshit is pretty cool.'" -- Bono
"The media has rock and roll by the balls. They draw cartoons, and it's indelible ink. It's an attempt to reduce you, your humanity, your sense of humour. The only way to deal with it is to create a cartoon even bigger. Which is where this show comes in." -- Bono
"Humour and laughter, to me, are the proof of the presence of freedom. The Berlin Dadaists, for example, were powerful in their time because they had the ability to unzip the pants of the starched trousers of these fascists and mock them. And they were outlawed because of that. And I really feel there is a lot to be learned from that. I've certainly learned a lot from that, philosophically and in terms of expressing myself through our art. The potential for subversion in humour is something new to U2." -- Bono
"I think Achtung Baby is some of U2's very best work to date. It marked a change in the way they related to the audience. It moved away from the earnest, self-revelatory thing, to the shades, the whole Fly thing, Bono with the glasses. People were really bothered by the glasses. Gone was the forthright persona, and in its place was irony, the last thing their audience expected from U2. The audience perceived a change in their accessibility and some resented it. I also think it marked a change in Bono. Probably it was just self-preservation, a decision to not give quite so much of himself away. Of course, it was partly parodying the whole celebrity thing, but I think it was also his way of acknowledging that he needed some cover." -- Ellen Darst...more
This book provides a great overview of Poe's life, and the bonus of course is the collection of important documents and letters stashed between the paThis book provides a great overview of Poe's life, and the bonus of course is the collection of important documents and letters stashed between the pages. Fantastic....more