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When the four members of U2 first came together in 1976, they were teenagers studying at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. But within four years, they would sign to Island Records and release their debut, ‘Boy,’ and within a decade, they would be the biggest band in the world. Singer Paul Hewson (Bono), guitarist David Evans (the Edge), bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. were a hugely successful touring band until 1987’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ elevated them into the upper echelons of rock stardom. During their nearly 40 years together, they’ve released 13 albums to largely critical acclaim and massive commercial success while consistently adapting to the evolving musical climate with albums like 1991’s ‘Achtung Baby,’ 2000’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ and 2009’s ‘No Line on the Horizon.’

30 Years Ago: U2 (Briefly) Take Over an L.A. Street for the ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ Video

Vevo
Vevo

When U2 gathered to film a new video atop a Los Angeles booze emporium on March 27, 1987, the occasion was part-homage – and all Hollywood.

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U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree': The Story Behind Every Song

Island Records
Island Records

We've compiled links to all of our stories about the 10 songs on U2's 1987 landmark album, 'The Joshua Tree.'

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U2 Honors the ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’: The Songs Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 Mothers of the Disappeared

After hearing the plight of the Mothers of the Disappeared (those who lost children to brutal regimes), Bono began to write the final song on 'The Joshua Tree.'

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30 Years Ago: U2 Embrace the Good and Bad of America on ‘The Joshua Tree’

Island
Island

When The Joshua Tree came out on March 9, 1987, it represented a seismic shift, spearheaded by U2, in popular music. Up until that point, the ‘80s were mostly thought of, with a handful of exceptions, as a decade of style without substance, with MTV leading the charge in helping to popularize an endless parade of catchy, but empty, one-hit wonders...

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U2 to Release 30th Anniversary Editions of ‘The Joshua Tree’

Island
Island

U2 will release Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions of their 1987 blockbuster in honor of the record's 30th anniversary.

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U2 Plunge Into Darkness on ‘Exit’: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Bono's lyrics for 'Exit' were inspired by reading books about killers.

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U2 Plays the Blues on ‘Trip Through Your Wires’: The Story Behind Every ‘ Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 Trip Through Your Wires

The first 'Joshua Tree' song to be played live, "Trip Through Your Wires" took its cues from American blues music.

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‘In God’s Country’ Sends U2 to the Desert: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 In God's Country

'In God's Country' was the fourth, and final, single released from 'The Joshua Tree.' U2 were inspired by American politics in creating the rock tune.

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U2’s ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ Explores Personal Costs in an Economic Downturn: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Larry Marano, Getty Images
Larry Marano, Getty Images

Both in scope and approach, U2's 'Red Hill Mining Town' was very much in keeping with the old American protest tunes which Bono had been delving into back then.

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U2’s ‘Running to Stand Still’ Explores the Dark Territory of Addiction: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Island Records
Island Records

The lyrical approach on U2‘s “Running to Stand Still” was as meticulously particular as the music was extemporaneous.

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