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Unseen U2 photographs go on show for the first time


A collection of unseen U2 photographs have gone on show for the first time in Ireland.

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The exhibition at the Little Museum of Dublin features 32 rare photographs of the rock band,  portraying their early years.


It shows U2 as a tight but restless unit – future icons but also teenagers mucking around.


The photographs were taken by Dubliner Patrick Brocklebank, who worked as a graphic artist and photographer in the 1970s.


“Because I was always in town and because we were the same age, I’d often see U2 around the place,” he said. “The show records the energy and ambition of a local band that would later conquer the world.”


Hanging around in Trinity College or gigging in the Project, the images reveal the relentless surge of a band on the rise. Pots, guns and paintings are used as props, with Bono as a serial scene-stealer.


“Paul [Bono] couldn’t play guitar and he wasn’t much of a singer,” Brocklebank recalls. “But he had that certain something – the swagger and stage presence that would later make U2 a household name.”


U2: 1978-81 runs at the Little Museum of Dublin until September 1.








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