Author Archive | calhouns

Angela Barresi’s U2 Fan Stories

It’s a long-standing tradition for U2 fans to get to the point where their passion for the band, its music, and its influence in their private and public lives prompts them to take pen to paper to tell others about it. I love that there’s this growing library of first-person stories coming out of U2 [...]

Continue Reading 1

Looking for U2 Fan Memorabilia for New Book

U2: Revolution is a new large-format book that will tell U2′s history from the fans’ perspective. Author Mat Snow and art editor Tom Seabrook describe it as a visual history and celebration of the band, from their formation in Ireland in the 1970s right up to their performance at the Oscars earlier this month. The book [...]

Continue Reading

Greg Carroll’s Teddy Bear: Much Loved

Awww. This is both too cute and too poignant at the same time. The line “grace makes beauty out of ugly things (or events, in this case),” comes to mind. Last year, Dublin-based photographer Mark Nixon published Much Loved, a collection of photographs of teddy bears with their owner’s stories. In it is a pic [...]

Continue Reading

A Tale of Two New U2 Books

One band. One city. One time period. Two new books. You probably know about North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978 – 1983. It’s the brand-new limited-edition book is offering as this year’s thank-you gift for subscriptions to its fan club. Editor Niall Stokes collected Hot Press articles and then added some new interviews, lots of great [...]

Continue Reading

Bono's a Cover Boy Again

Bono continues to tick off all the magazine covers in the world, one by one. This time, he’s on the cover of the current MIT Technology Review and is the cover story interview inside. Great first line: “To say that Bono is the lead singer of the rock band U2 is like saying that Thomas [...]

Continue Reading

Bono Bought Me A Pizza, Box Offered To Museum

The Little Museum of Dublin announced last month it is creating a permanent exhibit of U2′s history and are looking for rare memorabilia for the collection. Last week museum curator Simon O’Connor told me they are primarily interested in pieces that help tell the story of the role Dublin has had in U2′s history, which probably rules out [...]

Continue Reading

Broadway Spidey Saved By A "Team Turnaround"

In a new book on leadership skills, Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl discuss the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark as a case study in Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams. Bono, Edge, and Julie Taymor’s work was just one of their case studies, the others being a NFL team, a university child-care center, a [...]

Continue Reading

"Eye Surgery" For The Girl With A Beard

Steve Reynolds was a communications officer with World Vision in Ethiopia when Bono and Ali visited in 1985. In World Vision’s spring 2012 magazine, he reflects on when God performed “eye surgery” on Bono to sharpen his vision. I hadn’t thought about a possible influence from Marcel Proust for the lyric in “Stand Up Comedy” about the [...]

Continue Reading