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North Side Story: U2 In Dublin, 1978-1983
 
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14 November 2013
North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978-1983
'If U2 can slow down long enough to be heard, they could step to the fore of the Dublin music scene' (1978, live review) 

In the late 1970's when Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry played their first gigs in Dublin's Northside, there was only one music title that would follow them all the way. 

Hot Press Magazine was at the scene from schoolroom to stadium, Dublin bars to New York clubs, Out of Control to Under A Blood Red Sky. 

Introducing North Side Story - a unique, ringside seat at the rise and rise of U2 in their home city. 

An exclusive publication, commissioned from the Hot Press team in Ireland, this large-format 274-page book is full of rare and unpublished photos, reviews, interviews and original band pieces from the time

Over the past six months Hot Press have tracked down many of the original players in the U2 story - schoolfriends, musicians, artists, promoters, DJ's and crew. 

Along with their unique archive of original content, North Side Story features dozens of new interviews - from Paul McGuinness and Guggi to Jim Sheridan and Steve Lillywhite - bringing the story of the band right up to date. 

The editorial lens is pulled back further with first-time translations of some of the earliest interviews the band gave as they embarked on dates around Europe. 

Open up North Side Story and you'll find a beautiful pull-out wall-map, capturing landmark moments in U2's Dublin from the early years to the present day. 'North And South of the River, Wandering In U2's Dublin' has been commissioned from U2's long-time design team. 

It's been a remarkable project, says Niall Stokes, Hot Press Editor, whose writers, designers and photographers' have produced the book. 

'Watching Feedback play in 1976, no-one could have dreamed of what lay ahead. We've ended up with a roller coaster, blow-by-blow account of the band's earliest days, telling the story of the genesis of U2 in a unique, powerful and, I hope, fantastically captivating and revealing way. 

'It's about where Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry came from and the remarkable bond that bound them together, even in the face of adversity. I think fans of the band are going to love it.' 

Along with this special annual gift, subscribers access a range of other benefits including exclusive music, editorial content and as usual, access to take part in ticket presales if the band announce a tour. 

North Side Story is a limited edition publication by Hot Press for U2.com

 

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I love the gift! This is the best gift ever!!!        I was expecting something like this for a long time!!

North Side Story: U2 In Dublin, 1978-1983          14 November 2013 North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978-1983 'If U2 can slow down long enough to be heard, they could step to the fore of the D

I want new material, not old. The old stuff's been done before. You cant keep selling the same old stuff to the same people. Or words to that effect.

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When I first read the email I thought I'd read 'North Star'.  Wasn't that impressed on first glance at this offering, no new tunes or band interviews - thought it was all a bit too recycled - already got a U2 guide to Dublin on @u2.  But having thought about it all day, me thinks it sounds great and look forward to resubing now :D

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been reading an old book about U2's earlier days, a fun read by Winston Brandt, 1985...

 

I use the ftgu lithos for book marks and love them for that purpose, as I love books and am always reading.

 

ftgu had 2 discs as well, and 4 pics of the band....

 

this book alone is very nice, but nothing can compare to ftgu....

 

loved hearing bono sing miss s live and edges picks is my fav u2 cd!

 

wish this also had some music with it this year, or some other kind of add in besides the book.

 

with live nation at the helm, hope they spruce up the shop asap-no calendar at all this year and no key chains!!

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I was going to sleep on it too but my sub was on the 28th so I took the plunge, more on the presumption of a tour announcement next year but I'll keep an open mind on the book but its not usually my thing really. I'm a massive music fan and have been my whole life but very very rarely read any books about my favourite bands. I seem to just learn everything as I go on the web or in magazines.

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Not as good as a gift as I thought it would be, but then I'm not surprised that I'm not impressed after U22 and FTGU, because those were awesome. But unless some music is officially announced, I will not be resubscribing.

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