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Geldof in Africa

Stunningly illustrated with his own photographs and essays, Geldof in Africa paints a unique picture of this extraordinary land.
"Africa is not the Dark Continent as so often described by writers from the gloomy northern skies of Europe. Not the Dark Continent at all. It is the Luminous Continent. Drenched in sun, pounded by heat and shimmering in its blinding glare. And within this immense continent, deserts with rolling seas of sand, tropics shrouded with jungles, equators dense with rainforest and coasts with more animals and fish than seems possible. There are more people, languages and cultures here than anywhere else on our planet. Africa is quite simply the most extraordinary, beautiful and luminous place on earth.
Most of us continue to see Africa as an object, a single, blighted place burning in the relentless, glaring heat, for others it occupies a romantic space in the imagination of child-like primitives and wild, beautiful creatures. For yet more of us it's the dark side of our minds, the impenetrable place, the unknowable mind. And, yes, all of this is partially true too much of the time. But there are other Africas."
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About the Author

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born on the 5th of October 1954 in County Dublin, Ireland.He led the Boomtown Rats, a new wave band of the 70s and 80s, and had a string of hits including 'I Don't Like Mondays'.In 1984 he organised 40 musicians (Sting, Bono, Paul McCartney etc) to record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' under the name Band Aid to raise money for victims of starvation in Africa.Mammoth twin charity concerts known as Live Aid followed in London and Philadelphia on 13th July 1985.Geldof married British TV presenter Paula Yates in 1986 and had three children with her- Fifi Trixibelle (b.1984), Peaches (b.1989) and Pixie (b.1990), separating in 1995 when she began a relationship with the Australian rock star Michael Hutchence.Bob Geldof is currently part of the Prime Minister's Commission on Africa.


"Brilliantly written . . . as splendidly raw, ramshackle and powerful as its author." -Boyd Hilton "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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