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U2

The Complete Story DVD

Review by Gary Hill

As someone who has followed U2 on and off for the majority of their career, they have always been an enigma to me. On the one hand they have the tendency to be one of the most creative and passionate bands around. They ban be both raw and energized, but still incredibly clever and artistic, yet there is also a side to them that has seemed to me to be a bit "schlocky". This documentary goes a long way towards explaining that paradox.

With interviews, photos, clips and other biographical clips, this video looks at the band from all the way back to their first gig under the name of "Feedback". It shows us a lot of their struggles both commercially and artistically. It showcases the fire they show for social issues, and even sheds a bit of light on their personal lives.

Interview clips with the members of the band and those close to them along with news footage and a lot of other media are incorporated into an invaluable document to the legacy of this group. If that wasn't enough the DVD also include a U2 trivia quiz and a full discography. U2 fans, both hardcore and more casual, should really enjoy this one. I know I did.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2005 Year Book Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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