Friday, 24 February 2012

U2 among the top 100 artists by Rolling Stone

                             Rolling Stone

Who are the greatest musicians in history? The answers you find in the special issue "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time," published by Rolling Stone Brazil, editor of Spring, and now at newsstands throughout the country. With 124 pages and numerous illustrations, the publication outlines the most important names in rock and pop. The texts are signed by big names in music, like Bono, Slash, Dave Grohl, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. U2 is placed in 22nd position and brings a text written by Chris Martin of Coldplay. Since Bono wrote about Elvis Presley (3rd place) and Edge talks about the band The Clash (28th place). Check out the following texts!

"U2 by Chris Martin - I do not buy tickets to spend the weekend in Ireland in front of their house, but U2 is the only band whose entire repertoire know by heart. The first track from The Unforgettable Fire, A Sort of Homecoming, I know it backwards - it's so exciting, bright and beautiful. It is one of the first songs I played for the baby before he was born. The first album I heard was U2 Achtung Baby. It was 1991 and I was 14 years old. From that point on, I started the other way around - every six months, I bought a U2 album. The sound of what they were pioneers - the bass and drums underneath those trails leading guitar ethereal and full of floating effect above the rest - was unlike anything I had ever heard. They may be the only good band specializes in songs of all time. What I love most in U2 is the band is more important than any of its songs or albums. I love the fact that they still are great companions and that they play an integral role in the life of another as friends. I love the way they are irreplaceable. U2 - like Coldplay - maintains that all songs appearing on their albums are credited to the band. And they are the only band with over 30 years of existence without change of members or large separations. It's amazing that the biggest band in the world has such integrity and passion in his music. Our society is totally screwed, fame is a ridiculous waste of time and the celebrity culture is disgusting. There are few people out there brave enough to speak out against it, using the reputation of a good way. And every time I try, I feel like an idiot, because I see Bono getting things done. While everyone was cursing George Bush, Bono was the guy who hit the back of Bush and got billions of dollars to Africa. People can be so cynical - they do not like who does well - but Bono's attitude is: 'I do not care what they think, will speak. "He achieved so much with Greenpeace in Sarajevo, in the show, demanding the closure of the Sellafield nuclear plant, and keeps running into the challenge. When it came time for Coldplay to think about fair trade, we follow his example to talk about regardless of what others might think. That's what we learned from U2: you have to be brave enough to be yourself. "

"Elvis Presley by Bono - In Tupelo, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, came this guy green, womanizer, leather dress, with the eye shadow - a white truck that stylish must have risked his own skin to be able to behave in a way so black and dress so gay. We're not talking about New York or even New Orleans, we're talking about Memphis in the '50s. That was punk rock. was revolt. Elvis changed everything - musically, sexually, politically. In Elvis, you had the whole thing together, that's all that voice and body, both elastic. As he changed shape, so did the world: he was the style icon who represented the 50 years that the 60 were able, and then suddenly was no more. In the '70s, he became a celebrity in a violent sport, but in an interesting way, the more he approached the earth, more divine became for her fans. His last performances demonstrate a voice even bigger than your stomach ; you shed real tears as the music messiah sings putting your heart out, transforming the casino in a temple. In Elvis, you had the recipe for rock and roll. The pride - pride of the gospel. The mud - the Delta, blues, sexual liberation. Controversy. Changing the way people viewed the world. It's all there in Elvis. I was eight when I saw the special of his return in 1968 - which was probably an advantage. I had no critical capacity to separate different. Elvis in different categories or perceive the contradictions. Basically, all I want from a guitar, a bass and drums was present: an artist uncomfortable with the distance of the audience, a person who made a point of view of larger lens angle of Fame, a sexuality matched only by his thirst for divine instruction. But his dance is the most elastic and spastic hard to explain - hips swayed from Europe to Africa, which is felt all of America, I think . For an Irish boy, the voice could have explained the sexuality of the United States, but the dance illustrated the power of this new world about to boil and drain, scalding the rest of us with new ideas about race, religion, fashion, love and peace . Once, I met with Coretta Scott King, John Lewis and some other leaders of the American civil rights movement, and they reminded me of the cultural apartheid against which turned rock and roll. I think the way they had to travel would be much steeper if not for the racial progress that black music was making on white pop culture. Elvis was already doing what the civil rights movement demanding: breaking down barriers. Nobody thinks of Elvis as one politician, but this is political: to change the way people see the world. In the '80s, U2 went to Sun Studios in Memphis - the stage of the big bang that gave birth to rock and roll. The discoverer of Elvis' music, Cowboy Jack Clement, opened the studio so we could record some tracks from the same four walls where Elvis recorded "Mystery Train." He found the old valve microphone the King had used, the reverb was the same: it was a small place, like a tunnel, but there was a certain clarity in sound. Can you hear them on those records from the Sun, and these are best for me. King did not know that Elvis was the King does not know where the train will take you, and that's why we want to be passengers. Jerry Schilling, the only member of the Memphis Mafia not to sell it, told me that when Elvis was not feeling well, left the big house and went to their small gym, where there was a piano . No one around, only sang gospel. He was the happiest guy when he sang his way back to spiritual safety. But not last enough. Hatred of himself was waiting when he returned home, where Ra seen shooting at their TVs, an open Bible in the great ode to love written by St. Paul, 'I Corinthians 13. "Elvis clearly did not believe that the grace of God was big enough. Some commented that it was the army, others that it was Hollywood or Las Vegas that left his mind. I think it was probably more his marriage or his mother - or a more subtle and old fractures, as the loss of his twin brother, Jesse, at birth. Or maybe it was just the sheer weight of Fame falling on it. I think his time in Vegas is underestimated. For me it was the most exciting. At that time, Elvis clearly had no control of his own life, and still had an incredible empathy on stage. The great voice of opera his last years - this is what hurts me the truth. Why do we want our idols to die on the cross that they themselves did, and if we die our money back? But, you know, Elvis swallowed America before America the swallow. "

"The Clash by The Edge - More than any other group, the Clash led to thousands of garage bands throughout Ireland and the UK. For U2 and others of our generation, to see them play was an experience that changed our lives. There is no other way to describe. I can remember clearly when I saw the Clash for the first time. was in Dublin in October 1977. They were touring to promote her first album, and played at Trinity College, with 1,200 people capacity. The presentation had a huge impact here, and still meet people who are in the music world today - some DJs, other bands - because they saw that show. U2 was new then, and it all had a great influence on people. It was something like, 'Why do you make music? What the hell is making music anyway? "The members of the Clash were not great musicians, but the noise they made was undeniable - pure energy, visceral anger and commitment . They were raw in every sense, and were not ashamed of being a band that had to do much more than playing with precision and make sure that the guitars were tuned. It was not just entertainment. was a thing of life and death . They made us to take our band seriously. I do not think a band would have become if not for that show and for that band. They showed us what was needed. It had everything to do with the heart. The political and social in music were certainly a major inspiration for the U2. It was a wake-up, mature, rage, take political positions and make noise about it. It is interesting that members of the Clash had such different personalities. Paul Simonon was studied in a art school, and Joe Strummer was the son of a diplomat. But you felt that they were true companions. were in agreement, attacking injustice, the system of which were so tired. And they thought they needed to end. I saw some other times after that concert in Dublin, and they had always something new going on. It's a shame they were not on active duty for longer. The music has done much fighting spirit and emotion that simply does not age. You can still hear them in the sound of Green Day and No Doubt, Nirvana and the Pixies, and certainly in U2. They were sincere in what they said, and you can hear all this in their work. 

Source: U2BR

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