‘Me And U2’ is an account of Cathal's life set to the backdrop of his love affair with U2's music.
For all U2 fans who have ever disliked an album, loved a single, struggled to get a ticket, camped outside an arena, worn out favourite videotapes or simply just sometimes got lost in the music, this book will have at least one reference that will make you say, ‘That could have been me!’. More
'Me & U2' is the book of my memoirs set against the background of U2′s career.
In August 2008, I was on holiday in Indonesia and faced the unappetising prospect of a bumpy eight-hour slog across the island of Sulawesi. I needed something that would help the time pass faster. I had an iPod with me, and I decided to listen to the entire U2 back catalogue in chronological order. I listened to every album in sequence from Boy to Rattle And Hum. The bus journey passed swiftly and pleasurably. And even better, as the drive had been shorter than anticipated, I could continue my U2 marathon from Achtung Baby to How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb on the return journey.
U2 had provided me with a musical time-machine. During my epic U2-athon on the bus, I started to reminisce about each album, where I was in my life when it had been released, and all the concerts I had attended on the subsequent tour. I realised that I’d been a U2 fan for twenty-five years. I also became aware of the many, many occasions that their music had given me profound inspiration, and had helped me cope with the toughest times in my life (including spiritual searching, and dealing with grief and heartbreak). And thus the initial idea for a book began to form. This book is an exploration of the numerous times and multitude of ways that U2 and their music have touched me. It’s my unremarkable story through the prism of their remarkable music.
I’ve been a U2 fan for most of my life with varying levels of intensity: from borderline obsession in my teenage years, to sporadic outbreaks of techno-induced apathy in my twenties. From hearing Sunday Bloody Sunday for the first time in 1983, and being captivated by Bono at Live Aid in 1985, from the joyous rush of my first concert at the Point Depot in Dublin in 1989, through the Zoo TV, Elevation and Vertigo tours, U2 have been a constant and conspicuous element of my life. I have bought U2 CDs and DVDs, albums and singles, books and T-shirts, concert tickets and condoms. I bought the goods because I like the group. U2 have touched my life on several levels. Whether you’re a U2 fan or not, I hope you will enjoy reading about how my life has been enriched by their music and by the men who make it.