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Old 04-12-2002, 03:19 AM   #1
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Which book would YOU consider the U2 Bible?

Since the passsing of Pimm Jal de la Parr, I've read a lot of posts on various sites about his book U2 Live: A Concert Documentary. Many people referred to this book as the 'U2 Bible' and said that it is the best U2 book ever written. However, I was under the impression that most fans held Bill Flannagan's book U2 At the End of the World to be the 'U2 Bible.'

I've read the Flannagan book, and I enjoyed it very, very much . While I haven't read, or even seen, Pimm de la Parr's book, I think that Flannagan's book would be pretty hard to beat. Although, from what I gather, de la Parr's book is a completely different type of book, so it may be hard to guage.

So is de la Parr's book the pen-ultimate U2 book, or is Flannagans? (Or is it some other book that I haven't mentioned?)
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U2 The Unforgettable Fire actually tells more of their story. The new Complete Encylopedia, though much maligned here, actually has more info than any other book I've seen. I really think a new biography and concert book are both in order, as nothing is now complete without the triumphant tale of Elevation.

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Flanagan's book, hands down. There isn't really a contest.

Pimm's book is the definitive encyclopedia tho, I'd say. The history book, the whatever-you-call-it.
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Flanagan's book, IMO.

Pimm's book is truly a wonderful resource though...it's a great read.

As for the U2 Encyclopedia...it's great, but with all of the mistakes in it, it kind of makes you question the validity of some things.

I would also like to add though that I did enjoy the U2 Encylopedia.


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Flanaghan's is the one thats always had that title and should remain so.

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I have to agree with most people here. It's all about Flanagan's book for me. Although the complete encyclopedia IS very good! I don't have the concert documentary one yet.

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Definitely Flanagan's book.
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I have nothing against Flanagan's book, but how on earth could something be considered a "Bible" or the ultimate authority when it only deals with ONE ERA?????!!!!

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Have you read it? It's incredible! Yes, it was written during a particular era, but it's the most insightful book about the band I've ever read!

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Have you read it? It's incredible! Yes, it was written during a particular era, but it's the most insightful book about the band I've ever read!

SEVERAL times. It does briefly mention past events, but it's about 80% them acting up during ZOOTV. So it's a good insightful book, but it cannot be the ultimate authority on a band with such a long and varied career when it does not tell the entire story! I will volunteer to write the new U2 book, and illustrate it with hot pics from PLEBA. Oh, but to do that, I'd have to go hang around with the band for ages, oh I think that wouldn't be a problem!



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Flanagan's book takes a good snapshot of the band. Though it's one era, Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry are always Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry, no matter what era. Musically, it pretty much just covers Zoo TV, but it gives us a good glimpse into the life of the boys.

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Books padded with pretty pictures are a dime a dozen. Well-written, thoughtful, insightful books with unique perspectives about the band are priceless. Flanagan's book is in the latter category.
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Flanagan's book takes a good snapshot of the band. Though it's one era, Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry are always Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry, no matter what era. Musically, it pretty much just covers Zoo TV, but it gives us a good glimpse into the life of the boys.

There was a whole helluva lot more drinking and carrying on than there was in the 80's eras. Some of the scenes actually made me disappointed in the boys. There were a few times I put it down, or skipped parts, because I didn't want it to damage my 'pedestal' ideal of the boys I had held. There are some things I'd rather not know.



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There was a whole helluva lot more drinking and carrying on than there was in the 80's eras. Some of the scenes actually made me disappointed in the boys. There were a few times I put it down, or skipped parts, because I didn't want it to damage my 'pedestal' ideal of the boys I had held. There are some things I'd rather not know.
Y'know what's kinda funny? That's exactly the reason I love the book. Indeed, it was reading it that turned me from an admirer of the band into a hard-core fan. Because it takes the boys off a pedestal and makes them real living human beings with their faults, excesses, triumphs and failures. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry are not gods; they are fascinating ordinary individuals. Having a more well-rounded view of them makes them all the more interesting and loveable. Oh and you might be surprised at some of the things that went on in the 80s era too. U2 didn't magically discover alcohol in 1990.
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Have to give it up to Flanagan.

Though Carter Allen's book was my first U2ey book, and Carter is a very nice guy.

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Have to give it up to Flanagan.

Though Carter Allen's book was my first U2ey book
Same here.

And well put, sula.

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Flanagan book is the best...but is only about ZOO TV era

Pimm book is the best for consult, so I think it suits more the title of U2 bible.

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I think people need to rethink their idea of what a "bible" is. It is not a dictionary. It does not contain all definitions and dates and records. By definition, At the End of the World is in a class by itself...
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I have nothing against Flanagan's book, but how on earth could something be considered a "Bible" or the ultimate authority when it only deals with ONE ERA?????!!!!

Exactly. It's an excellent book, very insightful and thorough, but really only about one era. I personally would take the Concert Documentary.



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Because it takes the boys off a pedestal and makes them real living human beings with their faults, excesses, triumphs and failures. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry are not gods; they are fascinating ordinary individuals. Having a more well-rounded view of them makes them all the more interesting and loveable. Oh and you might be surprised at some of the things that went on in the 80s era too. U2 didn't magically discover alcohol in 1990.
While I'm still in doubt as to whether this should be considered the U2 bible, I love it nonetheless. It's written in a witty and sarcastic way, and yes, it does make the band members real people and not stars. In a way, it makes us relate to them a bit more.

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