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Old 03-29-2007, 01:31 AM   #16
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I don't have the book, I have heard about it. I would love an updated version covering all the tours including Vertigo, but I don't want to read commentary, critical or not, I just want a documentation with facts and pictures, that would be so awsome.
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:05 AM   #17
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You should buy it, but is not only about statistics and facts. The concerts are analyzed, often with very subjective, longer statements, by fans. That's part of the project ...
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:29 AM   #18
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I LOVED the original author. He wrote up to Zoo TV. I still read it to this day. Its definately my favourite U2 book.

When I saw a new edition was out I was so excited! However, the new author just doesnt do it for me at all. Soooo over-critical! He/She sounds like someone from Interference!!

Im sorry...I was at the show in London just after Bono's dad died in 2001. I, and everyone else there knows how AMAZING that show was. I couldnt believe they slammed it and said it was poor cause the band werent 'on'.


I was there that night too, the first concert after his father died, and you're right, it was such an emotional and brilliant concert. I love the book by Pimm De La Jaar(I know that's not quite his name:-) ). but I agree with the other poster about the edition with a shaven headed Bono on it.
It's the second greatest U2 book, Bill Flannagans will always be top for me.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:17 AM   #19
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It was Caroline Van Oosten De Boer who updated this book, I read an interview with her a couple of years ago and she said that she wanted to do another volume and keep updating what Pimm Jal De La Parra had started. She tried to continue in the same style as him and think did well. I don't find her too critical really, for the most part she's just relaying what happened honestly. I really like this book and look at it often, it's great for setlists and giving you the background details of certain shows as well as snippets about what the band were doing when not touring, I find all that stuff really interesting.

She also updated Bill Graham's The Complete Music Of U2 and has covered everything up to The Best of 1990-2000, she is critical in this and gives Hands That Built America a good slamming. She's not as insightful as Graham though and certainly doesn't know the band as well as he did and the update does suffer because of it.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:51 PM   #20
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The only U2 book better than this one is Bill Flanagan's tome by a slight margin.

They're both excellent books and some of the best rock references period.

All fans should own these two books.

Alot of Flanagan's writing still makes me LMAO. It's a great read. Covers the period of the Hansa Achtung sessions up to the Passengers sessions.
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:13 PM   #21
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Hopefully, you're wrong - though you may be right - because VERTIGO is a long, long tour with a lot of stuff to be written about and a lot of pictures to be inserted. On the other hand the book gets thicker and thicker, but that's the way it should be, I guess. By the way, it is not quite correct, what you write about the volumes, because there weren't only issues dealing until ZOO TV or the last one including POPmart and ELEVATION. Inbetween, versus '98/'99, there actually was another volume published: with No-hair-Bono on the cover front and dealing with the very first POPmart shows, too. Though apart from many critics I have and that I do very much like the books, this "half-step" didn't convince me at all.
Well, they did a little insert of about 10 more pages and put some Popmart Pictures in there and covered the first couple of shows. I believe the publisher did it to try to sell more calling it an update. It really wasnt to me at all. There was more information contained in the Zooropean Magazine (which took over for Collectormania during Popmart) than was in that minor update. Really there was the original that went through Zoomerang and then the latest update that covered all of Popmart and Elevation. I dont really count the other one, I never even bought it. If they do that again I wont buy it either. I will wait for a real update.
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:16 PM   #22
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I LOVED the original author. He wrote up to Zoo TV. I still read it to this day. Its definately my favourite U2 book.

When I saw a new edition was out I was so excited! However, the new author just doesnt do it for me at all. Soooo over-critical! He/She sounds like someone from Interference!!

Im sorry...I was at the show in London just after Bono's dad died in 2001. I, and everyone else there knows how AMAZING that show was. I couldnt believe they slammed it and said it was poor cause the band werent 'on'.


I think she did fine continuing it. The only question I have about what she did is what she chose to put in the book. She had alot more inside information about the behind the scenes of Elevation that she didnt put in there. I'm not sure why. But its splitting hairs really. Still a great book, and I'm sure its alot of work to put together a new major update. So I will cut here some slack on it.
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:57 PM   #23
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Yes, that's what I said - Even with all the critics one may have regarding the update version, it still is the best book dealing with U2's gigs. So I really do hope, that there will be a new, perhaps in the "old" chapters even revised version. "U2 Live: A Concert Documentary" even would work now, at least for me...
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Yes, that's what I said - Even with all the critics one may have regarding the update version, it still is the best book dealing with U2's gigs. So I really do hope, that there will be a new, perhaps in the "old" chapters even revised version. "U2 Live: A Concert Documentary" even would work now, at least for me...
Do we have any updates here regarding an updated version? Thanx for letting us know ...
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:46 PM   #25
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.. any update on this project, friends?
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Dug this old thread up again.

Any plans on an update ?

Since Caroline's updated version, we've had the Vertigo and 360 jaunts around the world, plus lots inbetween. An essential new version would be fantastic.
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