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BOB GELDOF – the rock star, who is tearing down walls


19. 05. 2017

His music and everything he is telling with it, is nowadays more accurate than any time before, his humanitarian work continues, feisty, heartfelt and full of hope.

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof might be the most politically influential musician in the history of music: It all started with the shocking pictures of hunger in Ethiopia for the sake of which he formed Band Aid and recorded »Do They Know It's Christmas Time,« one of the best-selling singles of all times (in less than a week after release one million copies were sold). By organising Live Aid concerts in 1985 he convinced BBC to continuously broadcast 16 hours of rock music due to which 1.5 billion people saw the concerts, and collected 150 million pounds of financial aid. Live 8, which took place in 2005 at ten locations simultaneously, made pressure on the G8 meeting and rose awareness of the problems of modern Africa, including the government debts, trade restrictions, famine and diseases. 

For many years he was on the list for the Nobel prize for peace as the first musician ever, in 1986 he was knighted by the Queen, and since then the nickname ”Sir Bob” stuck to him. He also received numerous honorary doctorates, prizes and awards for his charity work, in 2005 he also received the Brit Award for his lifetime achievements. He continues his tireless efforts by working for non-profit organisations One Campaign (together with Bono) and Africa Progress Panel (founded by Kofi Annan).

He is a tireless music humanitarian, activist and probably most recognizable face of 80’s pop that he lent to the main actor of the cult film The Wall. That story from 1982 could be as well his, since the star Pink falls into an existential crisis and starts hallucinating, screaming “Stop” and making his way into the middle of the uprising for the notorious wall.  Since then, Geldof is tearing down walls with pop music, mostly those highest ones: between western society and its bigshots, and the poor people in Africa and in other parts of the world. By organising Live Aid concerts in 1985 he convinced BBC to continuously broadcast 16 hours of rock music due to which 1.5 billion people saw the concerts, and collected 150 million pounds of financial aid.

Although already fell into the category „rock grandads“ with his 65 years, his energy and endeavours are not lessening. Miranda Sawyer, journalist of the Guardian, wrote: „You can prepare for an interview with Bob Geldof, but you cannot prepare for him. He is not how you think he would be, no, he is so much more. Taller, louder, funnier, better educated, more crude, better informed and with really refined opinions. More of everything. He rarely takes breaths while he bombs you with information on our planet’s resources („In 80 years, people will need 1700 percent of the Earth’s resources“), and energy consumption of Google („Every time you use Google, you waste as much energy as you would driving a car for 65 metres“).“ He even took part in the heated debate about Brexit.

He knows that times are totally different than in the 80’s, but he says that the humanitarian problems are still bad, if not worse. »You have to imagine, how it is. They live their lives, work to survive with their families and children. Like in a British city, where you go to the pub, spend time with your family, work to survive. Imagine, how it would be if suddenly there was nothing. These people are fighting for their lives, but they will not survive the barbarity and climate changes. They can only survive if the politics change, so your help can reach them,“ he still convinced about the charitableness of people. His is continuing his humanitarian work in non-profit organisations like One Campaign (with Bono) and Africa Progress Panel (founded by Kofi Annan).

Besides his activities that are inseparably connected with his music, he recently revived his musical career. He joined forces with Boomtown Rats again. Besides occasional performances with his old company, he also founded a supporting band for his solo performances which he is also bringing to Lent.  His lyrics are nowadays more accurate than any time before: the song »I Don't Like Mondays«, with which he ineradicably marked all Mondays in the world, is Geldof’s response to an elementary-school massacre; »The Great Song of Indifference« is the hymn to modern nihilism; »This Is the World Calling« is the division between world-weariness and the love for life. His music, inspired by Irish melodies, is still new-wavy protesting and rocky, it is also understandable for the Slovenian soul and contemporary happenings. Some things are eternal, such as hope, that we can change the world for the better, even though music. 

You can see the concert of Bob Geldof & band on the Main stage on Trg Leona Štuklja square on Wednesday, June 28th, at 21.30.

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