U2: Rock 'n' Roll To Change The World by Timothy D. NeufeldU2: Rock 'n' Roll To Change The World by Timothy D. Neufeld

U2: Rock 'n' Roll To Change The World

byTimothy D. Neufeld

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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U2's significant career far exceeds that of most average successful rock bands, with a prolific output of thirteen well-received studio albums and a sometimes relentless touring schedule. The band is famous for uniquely drawing together music, art, faith, and activism, all within a lucrative career that has given each of these elements an unusual degree of social and cultural resonance. Broad-minded musically and intellectually, U2'soutput is thematically rich, addressing a slew of topics, from questions of faith to anxieties about commercialism to outright political statements. With one of the largest fan bases in the history of rock music, U2 and their work require contextualization and exploration. In U2: Rock 'n' Roll to Change the World, Timothy D. Neufeld takes up this challenge. Neufeld explores U2's move from the youthful idealism of a band barely able to play instruments through its many phases of artistic expression and cultural engagement to its employment of faith and activism as a foundation for its success. This book outlines how U2 reshaped the very musical and even political culture that had originally shaped it, demonstrating through close readings of its musical work the dynamic interplay of artistic expression and social engagement.
Timothy D. Neufeld is the chair of the Biblical and Religious Studies Department at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, where he teaches the class Theology, Culture and U2. He has presented academic papers on U2 and is a writer for the award-winning U2 fansite www.atU2.com.
Title:U2: Rock 'n' Roll To Change The WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.37 × 6.18 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442249390

ISBN - 13:9781442249394

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Table of Contents

Series Editor ForewordTimelineIntroduction: Rock 'n' Roll Can Change the World?Chapter 1: Growing Up In IrelandChapter 2: Innocence and IdealismChapter 3: Into the Arms of AmericaChapter 4: Irony and TheatricalityChapter 5: Rage Can Only Take You So FarChapter 6: New HorizonsChapter 7: Faith and ArtChapter 8: Social EngagementSelected ReadingSelected ListeningIndexAbout the Author

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Perhaps no other musical artists in contemporary memory have had a more indelibly symbiotic relationship with culture-as creators, shapers, consumers, and critics-than U2. Neufeld explores that relationship with a boundless curiosity matched by his passion for music born of Dublin'sNorthside in the midst of the Troubles that has shone (and continues to shine) a spotlight on fierce grace and hope for generations of fans around the globe