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Niall Stokes carl­ton books Where it might fit in any Top 10 Mu­sic Books of the year, we will leave it to oth­ers to ad­ju­di­cate. How­ever, we can con­firm that there has been a fan­tas­tic re­ac­tion from fans to U2 Songs + Ex­pe­ri­ence (Carl­ton Books) – a brand new book, which brings Niall Stokes orig­i­nal meis­ter­work, U2: The Stories Be­hind The Songs, fully up to date, in a su­perbly pro­duced, lav­ish, vis­ually stun­ning for­mat.

In this beau­ti­fully pro­duced and lav­ishly pre­sented work, Niall Stokes analy­ses the songs from all of U2’s stu­dio al­bums, in­clud­ing Songs Of In­no­cence and Songs Of Ex­pe­ri­ence. And he dis­cusses the ori­gins, in­flu­ences, and in­spi­ra­tion be­hind their ex­tra­or­di­nary cat­a­logue of ground­break­ing ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing b-sides and rar­i­ties.

Packed with orig­i­nal in­sights and pow­er­ful de­scrip­tive pas­sages, the text is ac­com­pa­nied by dozens of iconic and rare pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing many items of rock mem­o­ra­bilia, com­pris­ing posters, back­stage passes, clas­sic flyers and more. It is a su­perb book about U2. But it is also a thor­oughly fas­ci­nat­ing book about songs and song­writ­ing.

To com­plete a su­perb pack­age for U2 fans, Hot Press read­ers and afi­ciona­dos of great song­writ­ing alike, the book is in­ter­spersed with ad­di­tional ma­te­rial from Brian Boyd, fea­ture writer with The Ir­ish Times, who re­counts the band’s in­cred­i­ble ca­reer and con­trib­utes spe­cial pro­files of all four band mem­bers. • To pur­chase a signed copy of U2: Songs + Ex­pe­ri­ence, go to hot­press.com and click on ‘SHOP’.

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