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BOB GELDOF in conversation with Daryl Easlea: Tales of Boomtown Glory

Saturday 7th November, 8.00pm

Daryl Easlea

DARYL EASLEA is a writer, DJ and A&R consultant whose words have appeared in Record Collector, Mojo, Prog, the Guardian and Uncut. Among his books are Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco; Talent Is an Asset: The Story of Sparks and Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel. He is the co-editor of and contributor to The Supreme Record Company: The Story of Decca Records 1929-2019 and was the curator of Decca’s 90th birthday activities. His next publication is the much anticipated ‘Whatever Happened to Slade’. He regularly compiles and annotates CDs and LPs. As a DJ and event host, his work has taken him to Europe and venues such as the V&A, the British Library, Abbey Road Studios and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Throughout his career, BOB GELDOF has been many things to many people – he is enshrined in popular culture as ‘Saint’ Bob, the man who almost single handedly created Band Aid and Live Aid and brought hope to millions in Africa. His story is now on the National Curriculum and seems to grow more audacious as years pass. But for many, he is, and remains Bobby Boomtown, the leader of the Boomtown Rats, the aspirant punk who knew he had to escape from Dún Laoghaire with his razor-sharp words and melodies. To celebrate the publication of Tales Of Boomtown Glory, the Faber Music collection of his writing, Bob Geldof joins the Louder Than Words Festival in 2020, in conversation with Daryl Easlea. As always, you never know quite what to expect when the great man gets going, but we do know it will be erudite, candid, frequently hilarious and not-to-be missed!

We have 2 types of ticket available – an event only and a discounted book and event combo ticket.

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof was born in Dun Laoghaire, a suburb of Dublin, on October 5, 1951. After stints as a slaughter man, road navvy, and pea canner, busker and underground music editor in late 1975, he and his mates formed a band. briefly called the Nightlife Thugs, they changed their name to The Boomtown Rats, naming themselves after a childhood gang in Woody Guthrie’s classic autobiography Bound for Glory. The Boomtown Rats were signed by Mercury records in 1977, the year punk rock exploded in Britain, and Bob pronounced his ambition: “get rich, get famous, and get laid,” showing a mastery of the soundbite that has yet to desert him. The Rats had several years of success, platinum records and many hit singles including the Number 1 smash hits, ‘Rat Trap, and ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’. The Rats were the biggest band in the UK during the late 70’s to early 80’s.

In 1984 Geldof was watching the news one night when he was horrified by a report on the famine in Ethiopia. As we all now know he got on the phone. The result was the all-star Band Aid and the song he co-wrote with Midge Ure ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, which went on to sell over three million copies and become the biggest selling song in the UK. He subsequently inspired and joined the American response – USA for Africa’s ‘We are the World’, the biggest selling single in the world. Six months later, on July 13, 1985, came Live Aid — “the biggest and greatest event in pop history”. $200 million was raised for the starving and the dying in Ethiopia. Geldof established and continues to be the chairman of the Band Aid Trust, which operates in eight African countries.

Geldof has made 7 albums as a solo artist alongside the 7 Boomtown Rats albums he has written. He has written 2 best-selling books; the autobiography Is That It and Geldof in Africa. He has made several award winning TV documentaries including ‘A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on WB Yeats’, ‘Geldof in Africa’ – a 6 part series for the BBC and ‘The Real Love That Dare Not Speak its Name’ – a film about fathers and their children.

Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, co-founded by fellow Irish rock singer and activist Bono, and was a member of the Africa Progress Panel, a group of ten distinguished individuals who monitored the implementation of the resolutions of the UK G8 of 2005 and reported annually to the G8 on equitable and sustainable development in Africa. He was a member of Prime Minister Blair’s commission for Africa and is currently founder and chair of the 8miles private equity fund for investment in Africa.

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 8 times, more than any living nominee, and was honoured with a Knighthood by HM Queen Elizabeth II; received the Nobel Man of Peace Award from Mikhail Gorbachev; was awarded the North-South human rights medal, The EU Gold Medal, and amongst other national and civic awards the Ordre des Artes et Lettres in France. Additionally, Geldof has received numerous TV and Music awards including Ivor Novellos, Brits, a BASCA Treble Clef, BAFTAs and The Royal Society, Peabody and Royal Geographical Society Awards.

Bob Geldof says he is a musician.

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