U2 Songs + Experience brings Niall Stokes' original masterwork, U2: The Stories Behind The Songs, fully up to date, in a superbly lavish and visually stunning format.

 Niall Stokes, the founding editor of Ireland’s legendary Hot Press magazine, analyses all of U2’s studio albums, including Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. He explores the origins, influences, and inspiration behind their extraordinary catalogue of ground-breaking material, including b-sides and rarities. Packed with original insights and powerful descriptive passages, the text is accompanied by iconic and rare photographs, items of rock memorabilia, posters, backstage passes, classic flyers and more.
Irish Times  feature writer  and long-time close associate of U2 Brian Boyd recounts the band’s incredible career and contributes special profiles of all four band members.
One of the great books about the songwriting process, U2 Songs + Experience is the ultimate celebration of the iconic four-piece from Dublin, championed from the start by Hot Press – and have been described by Rolling Stone as 'The Greatest Rock Band in the World'.
A songwriter and musician, Niall Stokes is the author of U2: North Side Story and the editor and curator of the first ever book about U2, The U2 File (1985), as well as of U2: Three Chords and The Truth (1989). Niall Stokes is one of the worlds’s best known and most respected commentators on U2. He was responsible for giving the band their first ever magazine cover, upon the release of U23, in September 1979 – for which he carried out the interview. He is also the author of the gorgeous, large-format Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book, which includes over 40 signed U2 Hot Press covers, and the unique Philip Lynott: Still In Love With You, both also available from
Brian Boyd, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes mainly about music and entertainment.

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