U2–Rat­tle & Hum (Di­rec­tor Phil Joanou, 1988)

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In keep­ing with our cel­e­bra­tions for the an­niver­sary of U2’s sem­i­nal The Joshua Tree, this week’s Watch It rec­om­men­da­tion is the band’s stun­ning Amer­i­can tour doc­u­men­tary. Ar­riv­ing just over a year af­ter

The Joshua Tree took the world by storm, this ac­count of their 1987 road marathon – and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing al­bum – so­lid­i­fied the north­siders’ rep­u­ta­tion as the world con­querors we now know them to be.

Di­rected by Phil Joanou,

Rat­tle & Hum sees the band delve deep into Amer­i­can roots mu­sic as they visit cul­tural hotspots like Har­lem,

San Fran­cisco and Grace­land, and per­form with blues icon BB King. The film also fea­tures some de­fin­i­tive U2 mo­ments, like the in­cen­di­ary per­for­mance of ‘Sun­day Bloody Sun­day’ at a gig in Den­ver; and the up­lift­ing ver­sion of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Look­ing For’ fea­tur­ing New York gospel choir, The New Voices of Free­dom.

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