Posted on Jun 07, 2018
Musician and cultural icon Bob Geldof speaks at the 2018 BCFN International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Brussels.
Geldof is both controversial and irreverent, sobriquets that he would almost certainly allow to go unchallenged.
Probably more than any other person alive today he was responsible for drawing global attention to famine in Africa, and its many associated social, economic, and political problems.
His 'Live Aid' concerts in 1985 achieved more than any previous charity appeals in making the ordinary man and woman in the comfortable environs of Europe and America aware of their own responsibilities, and showing them (indeed bullying them, some might say) into meeting their obligations towards their less fortunate fellows.
Invested as Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace" in 1986,Geldof, an Irish citizen, continues to campaign in an outspoken way: he is known (and much admired) for his comment "It's not in my nature to shut up".
To those of a certain age (this writer included) Geldof is not just a leader in the field of human rights, but is also remembered for bringing a breath of fresh air to British popular music in the 1970s with his band The Boomtown Rats. With a blend of hard driving Rock 'n' Roll, mixed with a touch of Punk Rock, and what was to become known as New Wave, Geldof and his band ensured their place in the history of pop music.
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