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