U2 Studies Bibliography

Selected books, essays, and articles for studying U2

Maintained by Scott Calhoun

Updated: February 2, 2015

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Alan, Carter. Outside is America: U2 in the U.S. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992.

—. U2: The Road to Pop. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1997 (1992).

Assayas, Michka. Bono: In Conversation. London: Riverhead, 2005.

Beard, Steve. “The Gospel of Heaven and Hell.” Spiritual Journey: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons. Lake Mary, FL: Relevant Books, 2003. 237-238, 264.

Beeaff, Dianne Ebertt. A Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road With U2. Tucson, AZ: Hawkmoon Publishing, 2000.

Bono. On The Move. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2006.

Bordowitz, Hank, ed. The U2 Reader. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003.

Bowler, Dave and Dray, Bryan. U2: A Conspiracy of Hope. London: Pan Books, 1994 (1993).

Brocklebank, Patrick, Sinéad Molony. Where The Streets Have 2 Names. U2 and the Dublin Music Scene 1978-1981. Dublin: Liberties Press, 2013.

Brandt, Winston. U2. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986.

Brothers, Robyn. “Time to Heal, ‘Desire’ Time. The Cyber-prophesy of U2’s ‘Zoo World Order.’” In Reading Rock and Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics, edited by Kevin J. H. Dettmar and William Richey, 237-267. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Calhoun, Scott. “Bono’s Prophetic Vox. The Message Author Says U2’s Message is Refreshing, Faithful and Honest.” @U2. February 9, 2006.

—, ed. Exploring U2: Is This Rock ’N’ Roll? Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011.

—. “The Legend of Bono Vox.  Lessons Learned in the Church of U2.” Books & Culture November/December 2004. 10-14.

—, ed. U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.

—. “The @U2 Interview: Flood. Return to Zooropa.” 26 July, 2013.

—. “Where Could We Go From Here? The State of U2 Studies.” Books & Culture November/December 2009. 14-15.

Catanzarite, Stephen. Achtung Baby: Meditations On Love In The Shadow Of The Fall. New York: Continuum Books, 2007.

Chatterton, Mark. U2: The Complete Encyclopedia. UK: Fire Fly Publishing, 2001.

Cogan, Visna. U2: An Irish Phenomenon. New York: Pegasus Books, 2007.

Corbin, Anton. U2&I: The Photographs: 1982-2004. Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2008.

DeCurtis, Anthony. 2001. “Bono: The Beliefnet Interview.” February 2001.

De La Parra, Pimm Jal. U2 Live: A Concert Documentary. London: Omnibus Press, 2003 (1994).

Dunphy, Eamon. Unforgettable Fire. New York: Warner Books, 1987.

Endrinal, Christopher. “Form and Style in the Music of U2.” PhD diss., Florida State University, 2008.

Farrell, Nathan. “Celebrity Politics: Bono, Product (RED) And The Legitimising Of Philanthrocapitalism.” British Journal Of Politics & International Relations 14.3 (2012): 392-406.

Fallon, B. P. U2: Faraway So Close. Boston: Little, Brown, 1994.

Fast, Susan. “Music, contexts, and meaning in U2.” In Expression in pop-rock music, edited by Walter Everett. New York: Routledge, 2008, 33-57.

Flanagan, Bill. U2 At the End of the World.  New York: Delacorte Press, 1995.

Galbraith, Deane. “Drawing Our Fish in the Sand: Secret Biblical Allusions in the Music of U2.” Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 19:2 (2011): 181-222.

Garrett, Greg. We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel According to U2. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

Garvey, Amy, ed. U2: The Early Days. New York: Dell Publishing, 1989.

Gilmour, Michael. “The Prophet Jeremiah, Aung San Suu Kyi, and U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind: On Listening to Bono’s Jeremiad.” In Call Me the Seeker. Listening to Religion in Popular Music, edited by Michael Gilmour. 34-43. New York: Continuum, 2005.

Gittins, Ian. U2: The Best of Propaganda. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003.

Godson, Lisa, Steve Averill, Shaughn McGrath. Stealing Hearts from a Travelling Show: The Graphic Design of U2. Dublin: Four5OneCreative, 2003.

Goodman, Sam. U2: Burning Desire. Chessington, Surrey: Castle Communications Place, 1993.

Graham, Bill. U2: The Early Days. New York: Delta, 1989.

— and Caroline van Oosten de Boer. U2: The Complete Guide to their Music. London: Omnibus Press, 2004.

Harris, Paul.  “U2’s Creative Process: Sketching in Sound.” PhD diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006.

Helme, Deborah. A Powerful Voice: The Story of Bono from U2. The Faith In Action Series. Norwich, Norfolk: RMEP, 2004.

Hewson, Paul. “Elvis: The White Nigger.” In Across the Frontiers: Ireland in the 1990s, edited by Richard Kearney. 188-191. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1988.

Holm-Hudson, Kevin. “Et Tu, U2? ‘Wake Up Dead Man’ and Bono’s Perceived Betrayal of the Faith.” Journal of Religion & Popular Culture 16:2 (2007).

Johnson, Fred. “U2, Mythology, and Mass-mediated Survival.” Popular Music and Society. 27:1 (2004): 79-87.

Jones, Dylan, Ralph Larmann. From The Ground Up. U2 360° Tour Official Photobook. London: Preface Publishing, 2012.

Lizie, Arthur. Dreaming the World: U2 Fans, Online Community and Intercultural  Communication. New York: Hampton Press, 2009.

Luerssen, John. U2 FAQ. Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, 2010.

Marsh, Clive, and Vaughan S. Roberts. “Soundtracks of Acrobatic Selves: Fan-Site Religion in the Reception and Use of the Music of U2.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 26, 2011, 419-432.

Maynard, Beth and Whiteley, Raewynne J., eds. Get Up Off Your Knees. Preaching the U2 Catalog. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 2003.

McCormick, Neil. Killing Bono. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.

— and U2. U2 By U2. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

McLaughlin, Noel. “Bono! Do You Ever Take Those Wretched Sunglasses Off?: U2 And The Performance Of Irishness.” Popular Music History 4.3 (2009): 309-331.

—, Martin McLoone. Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012.

McFlicker, Todd. All You Need is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. How the Beatles & U2 Changed the World. New York: Continuum, 2007.

McGee, Matt. U2: A Diary. 2nd ed. New York: Omnibus, 2011.

Negativland. Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2. Concord, CA: Seeland, 1995.

Nigro, Nicholas, ed. The Spirituality of Bono: A Book of Inspiring Quotes. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard / Backbeat Books, 2014.

Pinkston, Dan. “U2 And Igor Stravinsky: Textures, Timbres, And The Devil.” Christian Scholar’s Review 41.2 (2012): 147-162.

Ponte, Stefano, Lisa Ann Richey, and Mike Baab. “Bono’s Product (RED) Initiative: Corporate Social Responsibility That Solves the Problems of ‘Distant Others.'” Third World Quarterly 30:2 (2009): 301-317.

Quinn, Steven. “U2 and the Performance of (a Numb) Resistance.” Social Semiotics 9:1 (1999): 67-83.

Ramert, Lynn. “A Century Apart: The Personality Performances of Oscar Wilde in the 1890s and U2’s Bono in the 1990s.” Popular Music and Society. 32:4 (2009): 447–460.

Richey, Lisa Ann, and Stefano Ponte. “Better (Red)™ Than Dead? Celebrities, Consumption and International Aid.” Third World Quarterly 29:4 (2008): 711-729.

—. Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World.Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Scharen, Christian. One Step Closer. Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2006.

Scrimgeour, Diana. U2 Show. New York: Riverhead Books, 2004.

Seales, Chad E. “Burned Over Bono: U2’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Messiah and His Religious Politic.” Journal of Religion & Popular Culture 14:1 (2006).

Shirley, Jackie. U2. Stanford, Connecticut: Longmeadow Press, 1993.

Shruers, Fred. “U2.” Music Sound Output. December 1984: 40, 41-46.

Snow, Mat. U2: Revolution. New York: Race Point Publishing, 2014.

Stein, Atara. “Epipsychidion, Achtung Baby, and the Teaching of Romanticism.” Popular Culture Review 6:1 (1995): 29-44.

—.“’Even Better Than the Real Thing.’ U2’s (Love) Songs of the Self.”  In Reading Rock and Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics edited by Kevin J. H. Dettmar and William Richey, 269-286. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Stockman, Steve. Walk On. The Spiritual Journey of U2. Relevant Media Group, Inc., 2005.

Stokes, Niall. U2: Into the Heart. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003 (1996).

—, ed. U2 In Dublin: 1978-1983. A Hot Press Original Title for 2014.

—, ed. The U2 File. Dublin: Hot Press, 1985.

— and Liam Mackey, eds. U2: Three Chords and the Truth. New York: Harmony Books, 1989.

Thomas, Dave. U2: Stories for Boys. London, UK: Bobcat Books, 1986.

Trachtenberg , Martha. Bono: Rock Star Activist. Berkley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2008.

Traub, James. “The Statesman.”  The New York Times Magazine. September 18, 2005: 80+.

Tyrangiel, Josh. “The Constant Charmer.” Time. December 26, 2005/January 2, 2006 2005: 46,47-71.

U2: The Ultimate Compendium of Interviews, Articles, Facts and Opinions from the Files of Rolling Stone. Editors of Rolling Stone. New York: Hyperion/Rolling Stone Press, 1994.

Uncut Presents U2. Legends #3. Vol. 1, Issue 3. (Special issue dedicated to U2.) 2004.

Vagacs, Robert. Religious Nuts, Political Fanatics. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2005.

VanderSpek, Henry. Faith, Hope & U2. Toronto: Digory Designs, 2000.

Washburn, Kim. Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz/Zondervan, 2010.

Waters, John. Race of Angels. London: Fourth Estate Limited, 1994.

Williams, Peter and Steve Turner. U2 Rattle and Hum: The Official Book of the U2 Movie. New York: Harmony Books, 1988.

Wrathall, Mark A., ed. U2 and Philosophy. Popular Culture and Philosophy Series.  Vol. 21. Illinois: Open Court, 2006.



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