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“They’re very, very loyal to each other. And they’re really, really kind to each other. It’s no good to have somebody not well in the unit or not happy. The others don’t say ‘hard luck, mate, we’re carrying on.’ The others say, ‘ok, we’ve gotta get that person happy again, we’ve got to draw them back into the circle.’” - Brian Eno, From The Sky Down

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U2 abc - F is for Fourty Years

It was in the crowded kitchen of a semi-detached house in Artane that a bunch of teenage school boys from Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin, gathered to discuss forming a band. There was barely enough room to fit around the drum kit, with five guitarists squeezed between the fridge and the bread bin. A chaotic jam session involved wobbly renditions of Rolling Stones hits Brown Sugar and Satisfaction, with no consensus as to the correct chord sequences.

One wannabe lead guitarist was forced into the role of singer because he had neglected to actually bring a guitar. Another young guitarist established his position as lead instrumentalist because he had mastered the solo from Rory Gallagher’s Blister on the Moon. The bassist couldn’t play but had the best hair and, crucially, owned an actual bass guitar and amplifier. The drummer was definitely in because it was his family’s kitchen. And thus, U2 were born.
- Neil McCormick

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I did like their sound, though. More than anything, I liked their spirit: U2 didn’t think about winning, they thought about not losing. They were keenly aware of their limitations, but they wouldn’t be stopped.
-Steve Lillywhite

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U2 abc - A is for Adam Clayton

[about death threat in 1987] I close my eyes, and when I look up, I see Adam Clayton standing in front of me, holding his bass like only Adam Clayton can hold his bass.  And you know, there’s people in this room who tell you they’d take a bullet for you, but Adam Clayton would’ve taken a bullet for me - and I guess that’s what it’s like to be in a truly great rock and roll band.” - Bono