News Display: Live Aid
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 07/02/2018
Uploaded: 07/03/2018
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: activism, Africa, Bob Geldof, Concert, famine, Live Music, philanthropy

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Live Aid, Friday, 7/13

A global rock concert that raised relief for famine-stricken Africa, Live Aid was conceived by Irish singer Bob Geldof who had travelled to Ethiopia after learning of the hundreds of thousands who had starved. The 16-hour event opened at Wembley Stadium in London, was broadcast around the world, with concurrent concert at John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. While Live Aid was attended by 100,000 people, there was an estimated 1.9 billion viewers from 150 nations, making it the largest satellite broadcast events of all time. Among the performing musicians were Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Elton John, Sting, David Bowie, Micj Jagger, and many more. Live Aid raised $127 million dollars; surplus grain to be sent to Africa; and earned Geldorf a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Geldof went on to organize a series of "Live 8" concerts in eleven countries to raise awareness of poverty.

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