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Roots & Influences - The World of U2

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Bob Dylan  With God On Our Side   buy on itunes
John Lennon  Imagine   buy on itunes
The Rolling Stones  Sympathy for the Devil   buy on itunes
The Who  Won't Get Fooled Again   buy on itunes
Bruce Springsteen  Born to Run   buy on itunes
Van Morrison  Sweet Thing   buy on itunes
Stevie Wonder  Higher Ground   buy on itunes
Marvin Gaye  What's Going On   buy on itunes
The Clash  London Calling   buy on itunes
Ramones  Blitzkreig Bop   buy on itunes
Patti Smith Group  Ask the Angels   buy on itunes
The Sex Pistols  Anarchy In the U.K.   buy on itunes
Television  See No Evil   buy on itunes
The Stranglers  No More Heroes   buy on itunes
Brian Eno  An Ending (Ascent)   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  Mystery Train   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  This Land Is Your Land   buy on itunes
Hank Williams  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry   buy on itunes
Blind Willie McTell  Lay Some Flowers On My Grave   buy on itunes
Billie Holiday  God Bless the Child   buy on itunes


Informed by folk, inspired by punk, and ignited into larger-than-lifedom by rock's raw power, U2 reached across continents, genres, and ages for the artists who stoked their musical fire. In "This Land Is Your Land," Woody Guthrie strums a guitar emblazoned with "This Machine Kills Fascists" while celebrating the beauty and majesty of his homeland (and taking a populist whack at fat cats in the verses they didn't teach you at summer camp). Articulate, political, and spiritual, Bob Dylan was — at 23 — already his generation's streetwise seeker with the mystical eye and razor tongue, reinterpreting American history, war by war, in "With God On Our Side." No less angry, the Clash rake pop culture over the white-hot coals of their political agenda with a stomping, slashing, snarling manifesto of punk apocalypse, "London Calling." And the Who take it one step further in "Won't Get Fooled Again," as Roger Daltrey explodes in a lung-shredding "Y-E-A-H-H-H-H!!!" over Keith Moon's blitzkrieg bash. From Hank Williams to the Sex Pistols, from Stevie Wonder to Van Morrison, we've got all the songs and sounds that shaped one of the greatest bands in rock history.
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