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Bob Geldof

Siobhanne Beattie


‘How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell’ is the latest studio offering from Sir Bob Geldof and his first since 2001’s ‘Sex, Age and Death’.

Born Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof 5th October 1951, Sir Bob Geldof is a singer, songwriter, author, actor and political activist.  Raised in Dun Laorghaire, Ireland, Geldof attended Blackrock College before quitting Ireland for Canada in the early 70s and was a Music Journalist for the weekly publication, “Georgia Straight”.

Following a critical gig review, Geldof was challenged by a disgruntled reader to “see if you can do better” and upon returning to Ireland in 1975 formed The Boomtown Rats.  The Boomtown Rats enjoyed mainstream success with number one singles, Rat Trap and the now iconic, I Don’t Like Mondays inspired by Brenda Ann Spencer’s attempted massacre at an elemetary school in San Diego in early 1979.  Geldof quit The Boomtown Rats in 1986 to pursue a solo career and published the best-selling autobiogrpahy, ‘Is This It?’

After watching a BBC News Report from Michael Buerk in late 1984 about the famine in Ethiopia, Geldof was inspired to mobilize his pop-music counterparts into action.  Geldof co-wrote, Do They Know It’s Christmas? with Midge Ure and along with fellow musicians, Bono, Boy George, Bananarama, Simon Le Bon, George Michael and Sting, to name but a few, Band Aid was responsible for the biggest selling charity single ever.

On 13th July 1985, Geldof staged a monumental live music concert, with stages in both Wembley Stadium, London and John F Kennedy in Philadelphia, boasting some of the biggest and best names in the music business, Queen, U2, David Bowie and Duran Duran, some of which are now world-renowned performances.  The BBC cleared it’s schedules to run sixteen uninterrupted hours of the event live on UK television and radio.  Live Aid raised over £150 million for Famine Relief and Geldof was knighted for his efforts.

Twenty years later, Geldof and Ure re-recorded Do They Know It’s Christmas under Band Aid 20 and Live 8, a replication of the original event but staged across the globe in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Sudbury, Chiba, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall and Edinburgh with performances from U2, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Coldplay, Scissor Sisters, The Who and a reformed Pink Floyd.

Geldof has devoted a lot of time and effort to campaigning for debt relief in developing countries alongside Bono and serves as an advisor to the ONE Campaign.

Following the untimely death of ex-wife, Paula Yates in 2001, Geldof gained full custody of his three daughters and adopted Yates’ daughter with INXS’ Michael Hutchence.  Geldof is outspoken in favour of the Fathers For Justice movement.

Sir Bob Geldof has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize and received the Man of Peace title that recognises people who have made, “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace”.

‘How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell’ is Geldof’s fifth solo album and its release coincides with Geldof’s first tour in three years including London’s Cadogan Hall on 20th September 2011.