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Stephen Catanzarite takes a close look at what many consider to be U2’s most fully formed album through the prisms of religion, politics, spirituality, and culture, illuminating its previously unexplored depths, arguing that it’s a concept album about love and the fall of man. (PDF) U2’s Achtung Baby by Stephen Catanzarite Review PDF

 

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“Stephen Catanzarite takes his readers ona metaphysical trip with Achtung Baby…The book reads like a well-written thesis, and Catanzarite isknowledgeable both musically and theologically. The songs are the bones onwhich the author fleshes out his theories, with the help of quotes by philosophers,poets, musicians (Axl Rose, of all people), and whole passages taken from booksby religious scholars of different faiths. There are references to Neil Young,Led Zeppelin (the Tower of Babel is the originalstairway to heaven), Bob Dylan and Morrissey for the rock cognoscenti, as wellas a few Chinese proverbs thrown in for good measure.” [email protected]

“Stephen Catanzarite has reflected on abeloved Rock album and turned his reflections into a book. Not only that, buthis book is theological, Christian, Catholic and concerned with humanity’splace in the world. Ambitious, no? A lesser album would collapse under suchponderings, but U2’s Achtung Babyis a “heavy mother,” to quote the band’s ever-quotable lead vocalist.And The Edge lists “betrayal” among the album’s chief preoccupations,so bringing it all back home to Adam and Eve’s betrayal of God does work. Thebook is a good primer on moral theology — an oddity in the 33 1/3 book series.Our guide cites Augustine, Newman and more luminaries without any quote seemingirrelevant. And still the book stays connected to the music, delving into bothwords and instrumental landscape. Two quarrels: First, three taboos fascinateU2: sex, God and politics. Catanzarite describes an Adam and Eve losing andfinding each other and their Maker in a neon city. That covers sex and God. Butpolitics? In an epilogue Catanzarite mentions upheavals occurring in Achtung Baby’s era but not a whisperelsewhere. He quotes the exquisite apocalypse of Yeats’ poem “The SecondComing,” but relates it not to chaos in wartime but to breakdowns inpersonal relationships. Second, Catanzarite praises “Mysterious Ways” as an ode tofeminine inspiration. He challenges disrespect of women and yet never quotes asingle woman author. It’s a glaring omission in a Catholic-worldview book — U2themselves have spoken often of their indebtedness to, for instance, FlanneryO’Connor. It would take 10 more books to maybe start to describe Achtung Baby. Catanzarite is brave totry.” —CityBeat

“If you don’t already know about the Christianity present inU2, or have never heard Achtung Baby, find a copy and listen to it. And if youare interested in a thoughtful engagement by a Catholic with the best of modernrock, you might like Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of theFall.” —Nathaniel Peters, First Things (Nathaniel Peters) (PDF) U2’s Achtung Baby by Stephen Catanzarite Review PDF

“[Catanzarite has written] a surprisingly profound meditation on ‘Achtung Baby’ as a metaphor for the Fall of Man. I told Bono, rather sceptically, that I had met a man who theorised that Achtung Baby was a metaphor for the fall of man … and had just given a lecture on ‘the conservative voice in U2’. I thought Bono might get a kick out it, but I was surprised by his response. “Both theories sound bang on,” he said.”
-Neil McCormick, The Daily Telegraph. (PDF) U2’s Achtung Baby by Stephen Catanzarite Review PDF

“…a surprisingly profound meditation on ‘Achtung Baby’ as a metaphor for the Fall of Man (part of the excellent 33? series of books about albums)…”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/neilmccormick/100003914/is-bono-a-conservative/

“Stephen Catanzarite takes his readers ona metaphysical trip with Achtung Baby…The book reads like a well-written thesis, and Catanzarite isknowledgeable both musically and theologically. The songs are the bones onwhich the author fleshes out his theories, with the help of quotes by philosophers,poets, musicians (Axl Rose, of all people), and whole passages taken from booksby religious scholars of different faiths. There are references to Neil Young,Led Zeppelin (the Tower of Babel is the originalstairway to heaven), Bob Dylan and Morrissey for the rock cognoscenti, as wellas a few Chinese proverbs thrown in for good measure.” [email protected]

“Stephen Catanzarite has reflected on abeloved Rock album and turned his reflections into a book. Not only that, buthis book is theological, Christian, Catholic and concerned with humanity’splace in the world. Ambitious, no? A lesser album would collapse under suchponderings, but U2’s Achtung Babyis a “heavy mother,” to quote the band’s ever-quotable lead vocalist.And The Edge lists “betrayal” among the album’s chief preoccupations,so bringing it all back home to Adam and Eve’s betrayal of God does work. Thebook is a good primer on moral theology — an oddity in the 33 1/3 book series.Our guide cites Augustine, Newman and more luminaries without any quote seemingirrelevant. And still the book stays connected to the music, delving into bothwords and instrumental landscape. Two quarrels: First, three taboos fascinateU2: sex, God and politics. Catanzarite describes an Adam and Eve losing andfinding each other and their Maker in a neon city. That covers sex and God. Butpolitics? In an epilogue Catanzarite mentions upheavals occurring in Achtung Baby’s era but not a whisperelsewhere. He quotes the exquisite apocalypse of Yeats’ poem “The SecondComing,” but relates it not to chaos in wartime but to breakdowns inpersonal relationships. Second, Catanzarite praises “Mysterious Ways” as an ode tofeminine inspiration. He challenges disrespect of women and yet never quotes asingle woman author. It’s a glaring omission in a Catholic-worldview book — U2themselves have spoken often of their indebtedness to, for instance, FlanneryO’Connor. It would take 10 more books to maybe start to describe Achtung Baby. Catanzarite is brave totry.” —CityBeat

“If you don’t already know about the Christianity present inU2, or have never heard Achtung Baby, find a copy and listen to it. And if youare interested in a thoughtful engagement by a Catholic with the best of modernrock, you might like Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of theFall.” –Nathaniel Peters, First Things (Sanford Lakoff)

“[Catanzarite has written] a surprisingly profound meditation on ‘Achtung Baby’ as a metaphor for the Fall of Man. I told Bono, rather sceptically, that I had met a man who theorised that Achtung Baby was a metaphor for the fall of man … and had just given a lecture on ‘the conservative voice in U2’. I thought Bono might get a kick out it, but I was surprised by his response. “Both theories sound bang on,” he said.”
-Neil McCormick, The Daily Telegraph

“…a surprisingly profound meditation on ‘Achtung Baby’ as a metaphor for the Fall of Man (part of the excellent 33? series of books about albums)…”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/neilmccormick/100003914/is-bono-a-conservative/

 

About the Author

 

Stephen Catanzarite is the managing director of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centre, just outside of Pittsburgh. He has created a course tracing the history and development of American popular music from Tin Pan Alley to today – which will be delivered, online, to thousands of high school students across the U.S.

 

Product details

 

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (September 15, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0826427847
ISBN-13: 978-0826427847
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 6.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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