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Dorian Lynskey's interview in the UK's Observer newspaper today, is a great read. Here's some  highlights.

On the album release through iTunes
''We were already annoying people, it was already divisive, it was already, 'I can't stand them, I want to kill them.' It's the job of art to be divisive.' (Bono)

'I absolutely had my doubts about it before we did it, and after, but it was the right thing to do. It was an opportunity that will only ever come around once for anybody. I don't think anyone would want to do it again.' (Edge)

'The plan wasn't to be controversial. In today's world there is so much chatter, so in order to get through the chatter I'm afraid we are destined to make a very loud noise ourselves.' (Adam)

On Losing A Mother
'If someone were to do an analysis of the singers and writers in rock'n'roll, you'd be shocked by how many lost their mother. You're just at the age where you're discovering girls and the woman who brought you into the world exits stage left in a very dramatic way. But what's more interesting is the rage that follows grief. Where do you put it? Music arrives in my life as an emancipation and punk rock gives me a place to howl. It's literally turning your shit into gold records.' (Bono)

'Everything I thought that would be was no longer. Everything was broken, Like home, that was just gone, everything was gone. So my thing was to find somewhere else to go. I needed another family and the band became that for me and it was a refuge. ...'   (Larry)

On Punk
'People were either turned on by it or completely repulsed. It was something that defined you.  It makes me start to twitch when music is smooth, like a beautiful soundtrack to your life. Music has become wallpaper, a commodity, something going on in the background. That's why I love Kanye West because he's like, 'Take this! I'm with him. Let's not make it comfortable...' (Edge)

On Being In A Band
'The reason that  we do this is because we are incomplete and being in the band allows people who are slightly broken to feel fixed for that period of time.' (Larry)

On Being In The Middle of A Howling Argument
'Why do I write songs about political violence? Where is that coming from. It's very disturbing to think that my teenage life was largely dominated by memories of violence and that my worldview was shaped by that. It might mean some sort of psychological flaw in me, but I feel most comfortable in the middle of the biggest, noisiest, most chaotic howling argument.' (Bono)

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NanyandGonzo
13 October, 2014
4 hearts beat as one
Tragedies, love, violence, moms, taboos, etc, only these gods csn bring this stuff together and become the kings of my music world. Thank you!!!!
lassche
13 October, 2014
Your voices will be heard on:
Radio Veronica, Radio Oost, Radio Teheran, Radio Dublin, Radio Helsinki, Radio Zürich, Radio München, Radio Hamburg, Radio Iceland, Radio Santa Barbara, Radio Californië, Radio Milano, Radio New York, Radio Moskou, Radio Belfast, Radio Milano, Radio Mel Bourne, Radio Johannes Burg, Radio Congo, Radio Vertigo, Radio Luxemburg, Radio Rio, Radio Buenos Aires, Radio Lima, Radio Athene, Radio Bangkok, Radio Chigago,......the stars are bright but the World is cold........
jofish3
12 October, 2014
Who's howling?
U2, Great Album! 5 stars! Mr, The Edge, I am missing just a little something.... In reference to the howling going on. Edge, I'm missing that howling from your guitar! You are on fire, but I'm not feeling that fire from within on alot if the songs. Where are the solos?! When that guitar howls against Bono's howling it is magic! It would be nice if you could howl louder than Bono in Songs of Experience. I miss the howling from Boy, War, Joshua Tree, Achtung, POP, etc. It sometimes feels like you are trying to scientifically mix things in. Mr. The Edge it's not time for yoga anymore! Get on with it!
electricco
12 October, 2014
Beautiful soundtrack of My life
'The Job Of Art' - Growing Up with U2 .... Who Else ?
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