15 Years Ago In TIME

Bono and the rest of U2 have been big rock stars for decades, but when they first appeared on TIME's cover, many Americans were hearing about them, and their origins, for the first time. Here's how the band got together:

It was Larry Mullen who set the dream in motion. He posted a note on the bulletin board of Mount Temple, a public high school in Dublin, asking if there was anyone interested in forming a rock band. That was in 1976, and he was 14. Mullen had been playing drums since the age of nine...His parents finally gave him part...

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