A day-by-day history of U2, now in its second edition.

New Edition of Coming in 2011

By on October 29, 2010 in The Book with 9 Comments

I’m super-thrilled to announce that Omnibus Press will be publishing an updated, second edition of U2 – A Diary next year! This is all very much “hot off the press,” so I don’t have a ton of details yet, but here’s what I do know:

  • We’re aiming to publish in mid-2011.
  • The new edition will add three years of material: 2008 through 2010. (My deadline is end of January.)
  • We’ll be asking U2 fans to contribute great photos for possible inclusion in the book, just as we did with the first edition.
  • The second edition will include an addendum in the back with corrections and new entries that cover the 1950 to 2007 timeframe of the first book.

That’s about all I know at the moment. I’ve already updated this blog — you can check out the links above for more information, especially the FAQS page where I explain why we’re doing an update only three years after the first book was published. (Basically, because they’re running out of stock of the first book and, rather than re-print thousands of copies of a three-year-old book, it makes more sense to update the book and print those.)

I’ll be posting more frequently here on the blog over the next three months with progress updates and specific calls for help. I’ll be looking for help with:

  • identifying errors/typos in the first book that need to be corrected
  • identifying dates and events that were left out of the first book and should be added
  • solving some of the unsolved mysteries that still remain from the first book
  • photo contributions
  • etc.

So, please, if you’re interested in following along, feel free to bookmark this site or just subscribe to the RSS feed. And thanks in advance for your help, support, or interest!

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  1. I have a ton of pictures. Name something you need and I can give it to you. I’m a student journalist/photographer so I’d love to help you out!
    -Adrienne

  2. Andy O'Keeffe says:

    Hi Matt,
    I have some great photos from the 1st and 2nd Dublin shows, and the Cardiff gig in 2009. I also have pics from the 1st night in Coimbra this year. If any of these would be of any interest you are welcome to use any of them.
    Kind Regards,
    Andy.

  3. Donal Murphy says:

    Matt,

    Fantastic news and congragulations on getting this project.

    Looking forward to the website updates, and if i can help in anyway, leave me know.

    Donal

  4. Michelle says:

    Where should we send corrections?

  5. Matt says:

    Thanks for the quick offers of help, gang! U2 fans rock.

    Adrienne/Andy — I’m not ready to work on photos just yet, but will certainly post about it when the time comes. The photos will need to be 300 dpi (print resolution) and the most helpful thing is if they’re posted somewhere online that I and/or the publisher can review them and pick ones to see if they’ll fit available space. Each photo should also be labeled with date, location, and photographer. If you guys want to work on all that, feel free. And thx again.

    Michelle — probably the best thing is to use the Contact link up above. Thank you.

    Donal — thank you.

  6. Richard Lamberti says:

    Hi Matt,

    Congratulations on getting agreement to publish version 2; I look forward to reading the updates in due course (version 1 was great).

    I’ve been to 8 of the 360 shows (so far) so if you want any stories/reviews etc just let me know. Zurich 2 in the rain was the best U2 gig I’ve ever seen…

    Richard

  7. Matt says:

    Thx Richard — appreciate it. Not yet ready for photos, but will post on the blog here when the time comes. In the meantime, feel free to leave concert reviews over on U2tours.com if you haven’t already. :-)

  8. Fay Pugh says:

    Hi Matt, Congratulations on getting agreement to publish version 2; I look forward to reading the updates in due course (version 1 was great). I’ve been to 8 of the 360 shows (so far) so if you want any stories/reviews etc just let me know. Zurich 2 in the rain was the best U2 gig I’ve ever seen… Richard

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