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U2: The Joshua Tree, Classic Albums

Release in March 1987, U2's The Joshua Tree quickly became the fastest-selling album in British chart history, selling almost 250,000 copies within the first week of release. In the US, it was equally successful, topping the Billboard album chart for nine weeks, spending 58 weeks in the Top 40 there and earning a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The story of the making of The Joshua Tree is told here, via interview and archive film footage, with contributions from band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. U2’s long-time manager Paul McGuinness reveals how the album catapulted the band into the category of rock superstars, and there are contributions from Elvis Costello in the role of a major U2 fan, re-mix producer Steve Lillywhite, and of course co-producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Packed with reminiscences and powerful performances, this is the story of one of the most famous and best records of the Eighties, a true Classic Album.


U2: The Joshua Tree, Classic Albums Cast

Name Character
Elvis Costello He was 44, now 67 years old
Larry Mullen, Jr. He was 37, now 60 years old
Anton Corbijn He was 43, now 67 years old as Himself
The Edge He was 37, now 61 years old
Daniel Lanois He was 47, now 70 years old
Bono He was 38, now 62 years old
Brian Eno He was 50, now 74 years old as Himself
U2 was 23, now 46 years old

U2: The Joshua Tree, Classic Albums Crew

Name Department
Nick De Grunwald as Producer. Production
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U2: The Joshua Tree, Classic Albums (23 years)

Classic Albums

  • Release day: Friday, February 05, 1999
  • Runtime: 59 minutes