Top interesting facts about Bob Geldof that you might not know
Robert Frederick Zinon Geldof (aka Bob Geldof) made a loud name for himself in many fields: charismatic actor, talented musician, activist and "controversial do-gooder. He gained the recognition of millions - and the same number of people criticize him to this day. He is perhaps best known to audiences for his legendary charity festival "Live Aid."which first took place in 1985 and became a world event. By the way: the event brought together More than $125 million…
Today we bring to your attention some most interesting facts from this man's life that may surprise you.
He began by being a journalist
He was born and raised in Dun Laire, Ireland, in 1951. In his autobiography, Geldof writes about his young days:
"That's it. The end..."
When he graduated from high school, he had no hopes, no ambition, and no idea what he was going to do with his life. He could not go to university and, having exhausted his options, went to England, where he worked for a while on a road construction crew. Then he moved to London, where he lived with a group of squatters (farmers squatting on unsettled land) in an abandoned building and "just worked wherever I could. Eventually Geldof realized that this could not go on.
Clenching his will into a fist, he found a teaching position in Spain, where his lack of a degree did not deter him. Subsequently, he went to... to Canadawhere he achieved his first success as a reporter, and then music editor an underground newspaper.
Through his work, he became a bit of a local celebrity and was sure he wanted to spend his life in Canada! However, he was an illegal immigrant and needed to return to Ireland to get a proper visa.
He starred in the Pink Floyd film "The Wall
Geldof starred as. "Kick." on tape Pink Floyd "The Wall". This is a British musical psychological drama film based on the band's iconic 1979 album of the same name. Remarkably, the role was originally planned to be played by the Roger WatersBut "he was no actor" - at least according to director Alan Parker. In turn, music journalist Nick Kent said:
"Waters is an empty drama, a hysteria that makes no sense..."
It is worth adding that Waters was very unhappy that the role went to Bob. The director had to put a lot of effortto convince the musician that "everything is going right.
The Poverty Fighter
Geldof is also widely known for his social activityespecially poverty alleviation projects in Africa. A striking example is the charity festival already mentioned at the beginning of the article "Live Aid."where legends of the 20th century, from Queen to Tina Turner, performed!
But his good deeds played against him: Bob was accused of raising money to help Africa. "flowed past."and that the event was "false and commercial.". This incident significantly tarnished his reputation and lowered his credibility both with the public and with his colleagues.
Speaking of which, how single fatherhe was also outspoken about the fathers' rights movement.
He lost his daughter.
In April 2014, Bob Geldof lost his daughter Peacheswho was only 25 years old. Speaking of this, he emphasizes:
"All I have left is bottomless sorrow... The abyss in my heart is endless."
His daughter, who had a husband and two sons, was found in her home. The cause of death was ruled to be substances ... Given this fact, Geldof mentioned in one of his interviews that he "half expected this outcome." because of the way Peaches has been acting the last few days.
"To some extent I was ready for it. But the pain was unbearable. It's not right when your child dies. No one should have to experience that..."