The joshua tree


Never judge a record by its cover, but I believe I bought it for that reason. I don’t really like U2. I might have seen a recording of a live concert before, just to see why I don’t like them. It didn’t help. I think the singer Bono is a bit too happy with himself, and the band is not my style. The pictures are beautiful though, so there you have it.

My own poor judgement aside, this is one of the most venerated records of all time. Yesterday I was writing about Stop making sense that it was selected into the National film registry. This one is in the National recording registry, for the same reasons: it is culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. It has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Singer Bono had just travelled Africa, and noticed the poverty of people didn’t deprive them of their strong spirit. In his words: They may have a physical desert, but we’ve got other kinds of deserts. The desert became this sort of symbol that he wanted to explore. He also wanted an American theme for the album, trying to find the mythical America.

The joshua tree where the pictures were taken can be found along the Route 190 near a place called Darwin. Photographer Anton Corbijn came up with the idea of the tree for the album, and the band agreed. The iconic tree is now maybe the most famous in the world. It took fans a long time to track down which tree it was, but they did find it. A common misconception places the tree in the National park of the same name, but instead it was located four hours north. Was. In 2000 it died of natural causes (strange to say that of a tree).

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