Biography of Bob GELDOF
Born on 05/10/1951 (format : day/month/year)Biography :
Sir Robert Frederic Zenon Geldof (Bob Geldof) born October 5, 1951 , is an Irish singer, songwriter, author and political activist.Bob Geldof was the leader of the successful punk group the Boomtown Rats. He is perhaps most famous for his humanitarian efforts. Inspired by a documentary on starving Ethiopian children, Geldof contacted music personalities from the U.K. and the U.S. to make a recording, "Do They Know It's Christmas," whose 80 million dollars in benefits were sent to Ethiopia. In 1985, he organized two enormous Live Aid concerts, again featuring some of the most popular acts in modern pop music, and donated the proceeds to charity. As a result, Geldof received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. He was also knighted.
Bob was born in Dublin on 5 October 1954. He entered the music scene as a journalist on Canada's premier underground rock journal Georgia Straight. Further experience with the New Musical Express and Melody Maker sharpened his prose and upon returning to Dublin, he formed the band Nightlife Thugs, which subsequently evolved into the Boomtown Rats, one of the first acts to emerge during the punk/new wave explosion of 1976/77.
After a series of hits, including two UK number 1 singles, Geldof emerged as one of the most well known pop personalities of his era. Bob had always had an acerbic wit and provided excellent interviews with an energy and enthusiasm that matched any of his articulate rivals. After starring in the film of Pink Floyd's The Wall, he turned his attention to the dreadful famine that was plaguing Ethiopia in 1984.
.In 1984, Geldof reacted to a news report about starving children in Ethiopia by going through his phone book and mobilised the pop world to do something about the appalling images he had seen. Jointly, with Midge Ure of Ultravox, they wrote 'Do They Know It's Christmas' in order to raise funds. The artists who answered Bob's call recorded the song under the name of Band Aid. Following this massive success (the single reached number one in the charts) preparations were started for the biggest pop concert the world had ever seen, the following summer. During the broadcast of Live Aid, Geldof shocked viewers into giving cash by slamming his fist on the table and practically ordering them not to go out to the pub, but to stay in and watch the show. The harrowing video of dying, skeletal children that had been made to the tune of 'Drive' by The Cars, provoked an avalanche of giving. All of the artists performed free. The concert was a huge success, and Bob performed his hit 'I Don't Like Mondays' in front of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Twenty years after the success of Live Aid, Bob managed to organise another global concert, Live 8 which was broadcast live by the BBC to an estimated 80% of the planet. Approximately two billion people watched, sang along, clicked their fingers and wept during the eight-hour-long concert. Other concerts were played simultaneously in other parts of the world, from Canada to China, with over 100 international music stars performing, all rallied by Geldof.
Together with Bono of U2, Bob formed a pressure group called DATA, standing for Debt, Aid and Trade for Africa. His Commission For Africa report, which was published in March, 2005, recommended debt cancellation, increased aid and fairer trade laws.
Last update : 09/25/2009