Happy Birthday Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof © Per Ole HagenBob Geldof started his career in the Boomtown Rats, who had one really big hit in 1979, “I Don’t Like Mondays”, about a sixteen years old who killed two and maimed eight. When asked why, she answered “Because I don’t like Mondays”. After Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof starred in the Wall in 1982. The rest is history, as they say. Today he is 62 years old.

Bob Geldof © Per Ole Hagen

Today most people know Bob Geldof as the co-composer of Do They Know It’s Christmas? with MIdge Ure from U2, plus they organized of Live Aid, the concert to get money for the hunger-stricken in Etiopia in 1985. In 2005 Ure and Geldof organized another live concert, Live 8.

Bob Geldof © Per Ole Hagen

Besides his career as an artist, Bob Geldof spends his time working politically to fight against poverty and injustice, among other things as a spokesperson for the One Campaign, an advocacy and campaigning organization founded by Bono.

Bob Geldof © Per Ole Hagen

In 2006 Bob Geldof played the Hell Music Fest outside f Trondheim in Norway, and I saw him there. I like his music, and I also liked Boomtown Rats when they were active. The next time I saw Geldof, he held the keynote at the SXSW in 2011. I remember his keynote as the most thought provoking one I have heard. Here is a Google translation of a blog story I wrote in Norwegian from this keynote.

Bob Geldof © Per Ole Hagen

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