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Subject: Arts: Performing Arts

The Biographies Series: Performing Arts

23 of 51 programs from the The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Performing Arts. Other focus areas in the series include: History; Photography; Psychology; Click for more

U2: A Rock Crusade

U2: A Rock Crusade

It probably seems hard to believe, but U2 began as a band of four teenagers whose first rehearsal was in Larry Mullins Jr's parent's kitchen in 1976. Over three decades and 170 million album sales later, Ireland's most famous export is one of the biggest bands in the world, having won more Grammy Awards than any other group in history. U2 are almost as well known for their philanthropy and charity work as they are for their music. For over twenty years, lead singer Bono has made a name for himself as a tireless worker for social and economic change in Third World Countries; he too is the only person in history to have been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy, and the Nobel Peace Prize. This program documents the story of the band's never ending energy, drive and commitment to social causes; a story of a charismatic showman's efforts to take his influence into politics in order to affect change for the people who need it most - the poor and disadvantaged. Part of what makes U2 so special is that they have the same lineup of band members - Paul Hewson (Bono), Larry Mullins Jr., Dave (The Edge) Evans and Adam Clayton - and are as close as family to each other. Whatever their magic, they continue to capture the imagination of music lovers around the globe. In Part Two of this program, we see five bonus features, including: "The Heart of the Music" - Bono talks about why the band decided to begin a tour for one of their albums in Las Vegas. "UK Hall of Fame" - We see that U2 were among five founding members inducted into the UK Hall of Fame in November, 2004. "Time Magazine Person of the Year" - We learn how in 2005 the award went to three people who had worked hard to make the world a better place through their philanthropy: Bill and Melinda Gates, and Bono from U2. "The Price of Fame" - Bono is quite open about his dislike of the celebrity machine, but he uses his fame to draw attention to the plights of those less fortunate. 2013 JSCA 80 min.

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