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Influences on U2

Connecting the dots of artistic inspiration: a musical family tree
 

Influenced by U2

In a Rolling Stone interview, Bono cited The Beatles, Elvis, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Who, John Lennon, punk rock, The Ramones, and David Bowie as influences:

"Before I got to the Who, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and those kinds of things -- I really remember John Lennon's Imagine. I guess I'm twelve; that's one of my first albums. That really set fire to me. It was like he was whispering in your ear -- his ideas of what's possible. Different ways of seeing the world. When I was fourteen and lost my mother, I went back to Plastic Ono Band.

"Bob Dylan at the same time. Listened to his acoustic albums. Then starting to think about playing those acoustic songs. My brother had a Beatles songbook -- so trying to teach myself guitar, and him sort of helping.

"And that song -- which is actually such a genius song, now that I think about it, you're embarrassed the day after you learned it—'If I Had a Hammer.' That's a tattoo, that song."
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