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"The Joshua Tree seemed to in some ways to mirror the changes that were happening in the world during the Thatcher/Reagan period," says Adam in the new edition of MOJO, which hits the streets next week. "It seems like we've kind of come full circle and we're back there with a different cast of characters."

In a lengthy cover story for MOJO's April issue, band members talk about the songs and circumstances of their 30-year-old masterpiece, an album that grappled with the myths and realities of an America they were just beginning to discover.

"The trips to Salvador and Nicaragua were really eye-opening," recalls Bono. "I went with this sort of leftist Christian group who were smuggling people out. But we also went into rebel-backed territory and got a fright when we witnessed, I guess from a distance, the firebombing of rebel territory."

As well as talking to the band about "dark parallels between 1987 and 2017", the new issue comes with a 15-track CD 'Desert Songs': 15 tracks of cosmic roots music, the perfect companion to a drive out to Joshua Tree in search of the American Dream... The Gun Club, Meat Puppets, Howe Gelb, Victoria Williams, Lift To Experience.'

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lisamk3
21 February, 2017
My first cry..
I was born to sing for you...and I will continue to sing...can't wait to see you perform in Tampa, FL!
ReachSoHigh
17 February, 2017
Slapping 'em down...
On the newsstand. It's 30 years on but it feels like I just unwrapped the Joshua Tree and let it play. What an experience. It follows you down that old dirt road and into the city. Can't wait to hear it live. A new political atmosphere, perhaps, but let's not forget those songs are great because the lyrics demand so much from the band.
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