Another Green World?
Eno, Ireland and U2
Keywords:Bono, Brian Eno, colonialism, cultural identity, hybridity, imperialism, Ireland, Irish popular music, Irish rock, post-colonialism, U2
This article explores a neglected area of popular music scholarship: the different aspects of auteur producer Brian Eno’s often complex relationship with Irish rock band, U2 and their home nation. It considers the cultural and political significance of Eno’s technical, aesthetic and philosophical innovations in his work with U2 in relation to wider debates about Irish cultural identity as articulated through music. It also explores how U2 and the Irish context may have reciprocally influenced aspects of Eno’s approach to artistic production. The article also seeks to situate these ideas within broader popular historical discourses that frame the Eno and U2 relationship.
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