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“North Star” Jack Heaslip Writes In New Book

The first thank you in the notes for Songs of Innocence is “to Jack Heaslip, our North Star.” We don’t hear much from Heaslip, but he’s been a constant presence in U2’s life since meeting the boys when they were high schoolers at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and he was working there as a guidance counselor and […]

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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 […]

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Seeing U2 on the Big Screen (Again)

I got word a few days ago that a local cinema would be showing Rattle and Hum for five straight days this month. This is a theater known for cult classics and themed sing-a-longs so it didn’t surprise me they were playing it, but I was impressed it would be shown that many times (most […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A New Book from Bill Carter

Bill Carter, author of Fools Rush In and Red Summer, returns this fall with a new book, Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World. This new non-fiction work will be released on Oct. 16 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Carter will appear on CBS This Morning that […]

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Gatsby Gets "Blindness"

I just saw this trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the American literary classic The Great Gatsby, coming this Christmas. And yep, they are using Jack White’s cover of “Love is Blindness” from the Ahk-Toong-Bay-Bi CD (which comes right after a bit of Kanye West & Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild.”) A brilliant choice of a cover, […]

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World AIDS Day 2011

  AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007. Despite recent and improved access to antiretroviral treatments in many regions of the world, AIDS still claimed 2 million lives in 2007 (270,000 were children). It seems cold to “crunch” some numbers here, but it really does hit hard when you read […]

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