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Old 04-03-2002, 04:06 PM   #1
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Unforgettable Fire: The Story Of U2

Hey all! I just picked up a copy of this book by Eamon Dunphy at a used book store. Two questions: 1. Is it any good? (as in trueful and informative) and 2. Is it out of print?

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Entertaining, yes. Truthful? ummm, I think Bono was known to write (when asked to sign autographs in this book) something to the effect of "don't believe everything you read". lol. Not sure if it's still in print or not.
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It's not in print anymore....but used copies are easy to find everywehre. At hotpress.com they have an article that lists a few "untruthful" statements from that book.
I like the book, but you do have to take a few parts of the book with a grain of salt.
There isn't(to my knowledge) a book out there that talks as much about their early days as this one. Bill Graham wrote a book, which has a good amount of info on their earlier days, it's hard to read, but the pics are great.

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Well, first, I think it's out of print. I've only ever seen one copy, and that's the one that I bought!

Secondly, it's *mostly* factual. From comments made by the band, it seems as though the author might have stretched a bit in some places. So enjoy it, but take it with a grain of salt.

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Beat me to it

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Secondly, it's *mostly* factual. From comments made by the band, it seems as though the author might have stretched a bit in some places. So enjoy it, but take it with a grain of salt.

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I'd say the part about the baby Bono appearing to be struggling with demons might be one of the parts to take with a grain of salt.
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I'd say the part about the baby Bono appearing to be struggling with demons might be one of the parts to take with a grain of salt.
bwahaha. *ahem* Yeah, that might be one of them.
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hehe...that said, I read the book when it first came out and it made me fall hopelessly, desperately in love with the band (that I already loved) so it can't be all bad. Any fan should enjoy it.
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I'd say the part about the baby Bono appearing to be struggling with demons might be one of the parts to take with a grain of salt.
Yeah, that's one of them! I was thinking of every place where Dunphy talks about what Band members were thinking. Sure he knows the guys, but he can't read their minds, so it's still nothing more than educated conjecture

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hehe...that said, I read the book when it first came out and it made me fall hopelessly, desperately in love with the band (that I already loved) so it can't be all bad. Any fan should enjoy it.
Same here joyfulgirl!
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I have that book, an original copy from 1987. I think EVERYBODY should read it first, before @TEOTW, after all it does deal with their lives and careers up to that point. There may be some inaccuracies in it, but most if it must be true. The sources for info were mostly the family and close friends of the band and McGuiness. I like it.

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At hotpress.com they have an article that lists a few "untruthful" statements from that book.
I like the book, but you do have to take a few parts of the book with a grain of salt.
There isn't(to my knowledge) a book out there that talks as much about their early days as this one.
First, I think you might be talking about Neil McCormickīs article The Unbelievable Book...really harsh with Eamon Dunphy. You can find it in another book, Three Chords and The Truth.

Second, I agree that Unforgettable Fire is worth once youīre interested in knowing about their childhood and upbringing...and, maybe, thatīs all. As already stated above Angel, take it with a grain of salt.


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Good book Angel.
Read it not as gospel but for insight.

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The picture of Adam as a young lad in his school robe should of been on the cover of that book.

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The picture of Adam as a young lad in his school robe should of been on the cover of that book.

LMAO!!! Thx everybody! So far I am really enjoying it. LOVE the pictures inside.

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I decided to dig this thread up, as I just finished reading this book for the first time. I picked it up last summer in a used book store in Edmonton of all places. Anyway, I thought the book was excellent and very insightful, revealing much of the behind the scene stuff that went into making the band...and the upbringing of each member. I found the book very inspiring. I didn't know there was some dispute over its contents. It seemed as though the band and Eamon Dunphy were quite close, considering the overall tone and passion it is written in. Did U2 have a falling out with Dunphy or something? Can anyone offer more background?
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I have a recent pic of Bono with Dunphy and they look friendly to me. I have always loved the book and the stories of their teenage days. It might not be completely accurate in all ways but I don't think there are any damaging or barefaced lies in it or I'm sure there'd be a lawsuit.

I think the stuff they complained about (if it's even true, I've never seen a direct quote by a band member) is that he didn't portray Ali and Anne as enough of their own characters, and he assumed some things and told them for the truth, like, he saw a pic of teen Larry in a leather jacket and wrote that he thought he was James Dean, he heard Bono liked punk and said he shaved his head bald and wore a safety pin through his nose and that was not true, stuff like that.
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