“How U2 Saved Rock and Roll”

Over at the U2 Conference site, the program schedule is being built speaker by speaker, title by title, hour by hour.  It’s a work in process, but I’m thrilled to see some of the bigger pieces coming together.

We have 49 presentations from around the world on all sorts of topics, and we’re working on making groups of 2-3 presentations at time for our breakout sessions.  You can check on the developing schedule here.

Now, the titles for our featured speakers’ presentations are starting to come in.  How about this for starters?  ‘We are meant to be one of the great groups.’ : How U2 Saved Rock and Roll.

That one is from Jim Henke, who will open our program Thursday morning. With a title such as this, what do you hope to hear from Jim?

Jim Henke is Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the first American journalist to interview U2. Henke began his career at Rolling Stone magazine in 1977 and served as the magazine’s music editor for nearly a decade. While at Rolling Stone, Henke co-edited The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll and The Rolling Stone Album Guide.  Henke’s recent books include Lennon Legend, a biography of John Lennon, published in 2003, Bob Marley Legend, his biography of Bob Marley, published in 2006, and The Jim Morrison Scrapbook, released in fall 2007.  Henke once gave Bono a book about Martin Luther King Jr., which Bono later said helped inspire him to write ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’. Conference registration is open, and is open to the public.

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