Why U2? #30 – U2’s Reactions to Criticism

whyu2A hot topic of conversation lately has been the backlash against U2 and Apple following the free release of Songs of Innocence. Of course, this is far from the first (or worst) time the band have been the focus of some negativity, and one thing that I really admire about the band is the way they handle criticism. I always see them as confused and perplexed when people lash out against them, but they never react in kind or get overly defensive.

I guess it goes back to Bono’s stated belief that while it’s fantastic for people’s minds to be in accord, it’s even more important that we respect peoples’ right to a difference of opinion. All four members of U2 practice what they preach when they’re being attacked, and while I’m sure that there have been times that the criticism has genuinely hurt, they’ve never gone out looking to get revenge. I really admire the four members of U2 for having such principles, and another great reason for me to love the band.

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Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.