U2 manager Paul McGuinness will open U2: 1978-81 at the Little Museum of Dublin Thursday, May 10th. The exhibition features 33 rare early photographs of U2. It’s the first time that the photographs have ever been exhibited, and the show is already the subject of massive international interest.
U2: 1978-81 reveals the early 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,” recalls Brocklebank, “and because we were the same age, I’d often see U2 around the place. The show records the energy and ambition of a local band that would later conquer the world.”
Mucking 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, and Bono proves himself a serial scene-stealer. “Paul [Bono] couldn’t play guitar,” recalls Brocklebank, “and he wasn’t much of a singer, but he had that certain something: the swagger and stage presence that would later make U2 a household name.”
U2: 1978-81 will run at the Little Museum of Dublin until September 1st 2012. The exhibition is sponsored by Jägermeister. The Little Museum is the new people’s museum of Dublin. The museum is open every day from 11am until 6pm. Limited edition prints from the exhibition are on sale at www.littlemuseum.ie.