Brother Of Jerry
Date: May 18, 2017 05:03PM
U2 is going on tour this summer, and it will largely be based on The Joshua Tree, an album that turns 30 this year (and a lot of you suddenly feel very old!) The link above is a fairly long review of the tour.
I'm from an earlier generation. The musical poet of my youth and young adulthood was Paul Simon, with honorable mention of that era's folk rockers (CSN(&Y), James Taylor, Carli Simon, Carole King, Gordon Lightfoot, etc).
I never paid particularly close attention to U2, but even I noticed that The Joshua Tree made a huge splash among the artsy, culturally aware, wearers of black natural fibers set in the late 1980s. Maybe it is my own prejudice, but it always seemed to me that the Mormon youth who felt that the music/poetry of Paul Simon or U2 spoke to them were were more likely to leave Mormonism.
If nothing else, they were the most likely to be bored out of their mind at the prospect of hearing the three thousandth talk/lesson on the importance of repentance. They knew there was more to the world.
So, for all you 40 and 50-somethings out there, was The Joshua Tree a part of what turned the light on in your mind about the big wide world outside of Mormonism?