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Definition: Geldof, Bob (Robert Frederick Xenon) from Philip's Encyclopedia

Irish rock musician. He was the lead singer (1975-86) with the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof organized the pop charity "Band Aid", which raised £8 million for famine-relief in Africa. The 1985 "Live Aid" concerts raised more than £48 million. Geldof received an honorary knighthood in 1986.


Summary Article: Geldof, Bob (b.1954)
from Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable

Rock singer and Third World activist. He was born in Dublin and educated at Blackrock College. In 1975 he became lead singer with a rock group that he helped to found, the Boomtown Rats, which as its name suggests excoriated the country's traditional religious and economic values in songs like ‘Banana Republic’, ‘Rat Trap’ (1978) and ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ (1979). Geldof's main claim to fame is his fund-raising for victims of famine in Ethiopia from 1984. With an array of pop stars he formed an ad hoc pop group in the autumn of that year to record the protest song ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’, which became the biggest-selling single in British history, earning more than £8 million for the Ethiopia appeal. Even more successful world-wide was the Live Aid concert organized by Geldof, which was held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia on 13 July 1985. The world's leading pop stars performed and the show was broadcast to millions of people worldwide, raising £50 million for Ethiopia. For his humanitarian efforts Geldof received an honorary knighthood in 1986. In the same year he published an autobiography Is That It? He continues to live in London, working in the entertainment business in that city.

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