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Inside the Zoo with U2: My Life with the World's Biggest Rock Band [Hardcover]

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For more than two decades, U2 has been in the vanguard of rock music, and Lola Cashman is one of the few ever to have been allowed into the inner sanctum of the U2 entourage. Hired by Bono to completely revamp the band's image, she came away with a rare insider's perspective. Capturing both the music and the mayhem, this is an eye-opening account of life on the road with U2. Lola Cashman is a top stylist who has worked with stars as diverse as U2, George Michael, and the Pet Shop Boys.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   1.09 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2003
Publisher   John Blake
ISBN  1904034942  
ISBN13  9781904034940  

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Washed up fashionista doesn't pay what it used to...  Jan 2, 2007
As a "hardcore" fan of U2 for over 16 years, it's natural that I would want to read anything new about the boys. I did, however, make it a point NOT to purchase this book, even used, and instead borrowed it from the library. Ms. Cashman doesn't deserve a cent of my money.

I just finished the book and my teeth are still clenched from all the obvious exaggerations throughout the pages of this trash. I even tried to give her the benefit of the doubt on some stories because rockstars can't always be angels, but from the beginning Lola paints herself as either arrogantly invaluable or as a victim. She also comes off as manipulative, secretive and just a little bit naive. She makes so many outrageous claims that it's hard to find her credible.

As for any U2 "dirt", there's nothing shocking in this book of insignificant moments. "Dirt" was of course meant to be the lure of this book, but any real U2 fan will find this book a yawner as we've heard most of this before and especially as she goes on page after page about how important she is.

If you want to read an incredibly interesting, fantastic book full of "dirt" buy Bill Flanagan's U2:At the End of the World. This book was written during the Zoo Tour,still their most extravagant tour to date. Even when tempted of stereotypical rockstar temptations (sex,drugs,money,etc.), you'll (re)discover that U2 and their entourage are hilariously NORMAL, down to earth people and there is a reason that Cashman's book is the first to be written negatively against U2.

I tried to give Ms. Cashman's book a chance as both a huge fan of U2 and also a lover of the fashion world thinking that it would be interesting to hear such an experience from her view. This book delivers nothing but a waste of time on both.

She's in it for the money because washed up fashionista doesn't pay what it used to.
An ok read, whether you can believe it is another story  Sep 7, 2005
First of all, and this may be a minor point, but based on the cover photo and title of this book, I thought it would be about the author's experiences as part of the Zoo TV tour. As it turns out, Ms. Cashman worked for U2 during the Joshua Tree tour 4 or 5 years previous. I find the cover of the book misleading in that sense.

The author does have credibility problems, due to the fact that U2 recently sued her for the return of items they say she stole from them during her employment. The judge found that Ms. Cashman's account of how she acquired the items was highly unlikely, and sided with the band. It's also well established that her departure from U2's employment was not amicable. For that reason she may have a grudge to bear with her former employers. You have to take all of that into account in reading this book.

So should you read it? Well, there are some interesting tidbits here. You learn how the U2 image was developed, and the meticulous planning that went into every detail of their wardrobe and how they presented themselves to the public. On the other hand, some anecdotes seem to have no purpose other than to embarrass the band members. Her continual rants against U2's management seem self serving and unnecessary. And with all due respect, I didn't buy the book to read Lola Cashman's life story.

If you can find this in your local library or used bookstore, it might be worth your time. I wouldn't recommend spending $20-30 on it.
The author has zero credibility.  Jul 7, 2005
Ms. Cashman has been found to be a fraud, according to a judge in Ireland. She has been ordered to return all of the items she claims to have "received" from U2 because it has been determined that she "took" them without permission (there is another word for taking things without permission). She has also been ordered to return the 200 "backstage" photographs that she took against the wishes of U2. And she has been ordered to return the "iconic" Stetson that Bono treasured and would NEVER have given to a total stranger.

If the publisher had required Ms. Cashman to take a lie-detector test, this book would have been published as fiction. The title is also misleading because it includes the term "my life with" when she was only around U2 for a few weeks.

Too bad there isn't a listing of zero stars.

Don't waste your time or money!!!  Jul 6, 2005
For the love of U2 don't buy this book! I did, mistaking it for a book similar to U2 by Bill Flanagan. How wrong I was. Cashman portrays U2 and everyone involved with the tour as freaks. That Bono is obsessed with his weight and height, and Adam as a crazy sock man.
Most of the stories Cashman tells all seem to me to be extremely exaggerated, and added to make us perceive U2 and those involved, as self absorbed and out to get her. In court, while suing Cashman for stealing pieces of their wardrobe and attempting to auction them off, Bono said she was difficult to work with and "almost every single person on that tour wanted her off the tour." Funny, in her book, Cashman made Bono and her look like the best of friends.
Also, calling the book "My Life With..." is very deceiving. Cashman only spent a few months on tour with the band in the eighties.
I would advise everyone not to read this, as it is only a piece of fiction.
What a sham DON'T BUY!  Jul 5, 2005
Unfortunately this book isn't what it's billed as. Lola Cashman paints a very distorted picture of U2 that completely contradicts every other backstage account. It cannot be emphasized enough that she's an ex-employee, asked to leave, and is now trying to use her time with U2 for a monetary advantage. Ms. Cashman tries too hard to inject herself into the U2 "lifestyle". Rather than it being an objective 3rd person account of life as a HAIR DRESSER for U2, she instead tries to inject herself into the band itself as though she was a member. What you have is an angry, ex-employee, still believing she is part of the band.

Any doubts? Just go read the press and see what the band has to say about her.

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