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U2: Rock Crusade

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Released 2012

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Director:
Christine Rogers
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2012
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It probably seems hard to believe, but U2 began as a band of four teenagers whose first rehearsal was in Larry Mullin Jr’s parent’s kitchen, in 1976. Thirty-three years 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. 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, and U2 – A Rock Crusade is the story of the band’s never ending energy, drive and commitment to social causes. It’s the 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. “To use your star power for people who have no power at all has to be a good thing” Bono says. U2 have been very successful in raising awareness, and in changing world policies to bring an end to poverty, hunger and social injustices. Capping many of the accolades he has received so far, Bono was named Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2005 for his efforts to reduce foreign debt for some of the poorest countries in the world. Part of what makes U2 so special is that they have the same lineup as when they first formed in 1976. This has meant that the band members – Paul Hewson (Bono), Larry Mullins Jr, Dave (The Edge) Evans and Adam Clayton – are as close as family to each other, meaning that if one gets sick or injured, the band would rather postpone a concert than substitute their “brother” with a local musician. Another reason why they have captured the imagination of music lovers around the globe is their dedication and special relationship with their fans, some of whom will travel long distances to attend a U2 concert. Bono says hmoreless
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