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U2 Conference Rewinds Pop In Belfast

@U2, June 15, 2018
By: Sherry Lawrence

 

The third installment of the U2 Conference took place in Belfast this week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement and U2's influence during that era, focusing on the importance of the album Pop. Attendees from around the globe enjoyed hearing from long-time collaborators Catherine Owens, Steve Averill and Shaughn McGrath about the visual aesthetic of the Pop, focusing on the creative process and collaborative nature of it. Plenary addresses by Dr. John Brewer and Dr. Fiona Magowan from Queens University spoke on the cultural shifts after the Peace Agreement, as well as how music can end conflict. In an emotional session, Andy Rowen joined author Steve Stockman in a discussion on the power of songs to change a life. Rowan is the inspiration behind  "Bad" and "Raised By Wolves."

Attendees were treated to two dozen presentations on a variety of topics aroud the conference theme of "Popvision." The conference's website will be updated in the next few weeks with conference papers and a recap.

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