Songs of Innocence and of Experience, copy Z, 1826 (Library of Congress) object 37 The Chimney Sweeper
She says she's still not sure if acting is totally her thing. 'I mean, I know how to do it,' she says. 'I've had a range of life experiences I can choose from. My parents have both been married three times. I've got half-sisters and stepbrothers and such. I've even got ex-stepbrothers. In my family someone's always dying or giving birth or getting ill or whatever.' She doesn't see them all that much, though. 'I live in the middle of London now,' she says. 'My flat's in Soho and it's tiny.' She's also not sure whether she'll be reconciled with her mother. 'The newspapers tracked her down after 9 Songs came out. Apparently she thought it wasn't me, but… well, it was.'
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· Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience .
Perhaps the upcoming companion album, inevitably named Songs of Experience , will contain all the darker, cynical stuff from these sessions. Regardless, U2 have already squandered any remaining integrity to invent this needy, invasive breed of the Big Event Album, an Album that lacks any kind of artistic statement to deter from the overwhelming Brandiness. Where Beyoncé used her iTunes sneak attack late last year to make a bold pop proclamation of sexuality and feminism, U2 have used an even more audacious release platform to wave their arms and simply say, “Hey! Everybody! We’re still here!” Bono may have self-deprecatingly described Songs of Innocence as “the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys...in your junk mail,” but it’s not even that interesting—it’s just a blank message.