17 December 2013
Even More Propaganda: Rattle and Hum, 1988
We're always looking to bring our subscribers rare content and someone reminded us that long before the internet there were these printed artefacts made with ink and paper called 'magazines'. In the mid-1980's the band launched their own magazine, Propaganda
Each edition carried interviews, behind-the-scenes action from video-shoot or recording studio, road diaries, classic photography, profiles of acts that the band were into and stories about campaigns from Amnesty or Greenpeace.
Published with regular irregularity over 16 years until 2002, Propaganda was the band's official magazine. Only fan club members received it and it was the place to get in touch with U2 afficonados around the world. You could send each other postcards (like extremely slow emails travelling by sack in ships and planes) and arrange to meet at gigs. You could fall in love and spend your life together. Some people did.
Some of our more mature subscribers will have back copies clogging up an attic somewhere but most of you will never have seen it. That's why we've started bringing a new (old) issue online two or three times a year. (To preserve people's anonymity we've redacted surnames, home addresses and phone numbers from the print editions and occasionally we'll exclude some elements of the original content).
The latest edition we're bringing online is from 1988 and marks this year's 25th anniversary of the release of Rattle and Hum. (Our 2013/14 Subscription Offer brings you the limited-edition book North Side Story
, taking you even further back - the definitive account from Hot Press Magazine of the emergence of U2 in Dublin from 1978 to 1983.)
BONO OFF THE RECORD. RATTLE AND HUM PREMIERES. SMILE JAMAICA. GRAPEVINE ARTS CENTRE.
First Published in 1988.
PROPAGANDA - 1000 DAYS OF ZOOTV, BONO PAYS TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA AND BOB MARLEY, WIM WENDERS TALKS TO U2
First Published in 1994
This second issue to go live is from 1994 with film director Wim Wenders talking to the band, Bono paying tribute to Frank Sinatra and Bob Marley, Jim Sheridan talking about his film 'In The Name Of The Father' and Willie Williams' diary '1000 Days of ZOOTV' .
PROPAGANDA - ACHTUNG BABY SPECIAL EDITION
First Published in 1991
We're kicking things off with a special issue which marked the release of Achtung Baby in 1991, the only edition to go beyond the fan club. Take a read, play around with the features and tell us what you think in the comments. (If you know Propaganda from way back when, tell us which issue you'd like to see go live next.)
'To mark the first all-new studio album since The Joshua Tree in 1987, this issue of the band's own magazine charts the creation of the new long-player in places as diverse as Berlin, Germany, North America and Dublin, Ireland.
This edition contains exclusive, largely unpublished, photography from Anton Corbijn, location reports from the making of The Fly video, and background information on how the 'look' of Achtung Baby came together…'