Speaking from the BFI Imax in London, Fry and Geldof talk to the BBC’s former creative director about both the achievements and the challenges that have shaped their remarkable lives.
‘The only thing that gave me a glimmer of possibility was Rock and Roll.’
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Yentob sat down with Geldof for a wide-ranging discussion, in which the musician talks about the personal, musical, technological, and political milestones that have shaped his life.
Looking back at a key moment in the BBC’s 100 years, Geldof reveals part of what led to the Live Aid Concert of 1985.
“Luck, serendipity, and ferocious willpower coalesced and uniquely brought together for a common cause many of the world’s most acclaimed musicians” – many of whom, it turned out, left Geldof himself starstruck.
As well as talking about meeting the likes of Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson and Bruce Spingsteen, Geldof discusses lunching with presidents, meeting worldwide spy agencies, and everything else that led to 1985’s Live Aid Concert – an event that attracted 1.5 billion viewers.