Live Aid

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‘A lot of stars are freaks or introverts’: Jim Kerr on Live Aid, ex-wives and four decades of Simple Minds
Two years after Covid cancelled his world tour, the singer is back on the road. He talks about his journey from a Glasgow tower block, life with Chrissie Hynde and Patsy Kensit, and the tough times of the early 2000s

Dave Simpson

31, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Janice Long obituary
Broadcaster and DJ who was the first woman to have her own weekday show on Radio 1 and be a regular host of Top of the Pops

Peter Mason

27, Dec, 2021 @3:13 PM

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Tony McGrath obituary
Outstanding photographer who went on to become a pioneering picture editor of the Observer

Mark Seacombe

27, Jul, 2021 @5:27 PM

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The Observer’s Tony McGrath: fearless picture editor who refused to flinch from brutal reality
The newspaper’s former picture editor, a great photographer and believer in photojournalism as an agent for change, has died

Peter Beaumont

25, Jul, 2021 @8:45 AM

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Mike Appleton obituary
Television producer who created the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test and supervised the UK’s Live Aid broadcast from Wembley

Richard Williams

10, Apr, 2020 @3:00 PM

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50 David Bowie moments
From suburban London schoolboy to a musical colossus, snapshots of David Bowie’s kaleidoscopic life

Andrew Harrison

11, Jan, 2016 @7:25 PM

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Secret aid worker: development work broke a piece of me
After years in the field, this humanitarian worker is not desensitised to human suffering; instead, it feels personal

04, Aug, 2015 @8:53 AM

Live Aid – test your knowledge of the Global Jukebox

On 13 July, 1985, the world's biggest stars played concerts in London and Philadelphia to raise money for famine relief. But what do you remember about Live Aid?

Guardian music

13, Jul, 2015 @11:53 AM

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Woman who was face of Live Aid laments price of fame 30 years on
Footage of Birhan Woldu as a starving child was seen around the world and after her recovery she joined Sir Bob Geldof on stage at Live 8 concert

Mikias Sebsibe and Alexandra Topping

13, Jul, 2015 @6:00 AM

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Celebrity efforts to 'save Africa' ha​​ve often only reinforced stereotypes
Bob Geldof’s Live Aid pioneered a new wave of stars’ involvement in the developing world that has produced mixed results

Adekeye Adebajo

13, Jul, 2015 @6:00 AM

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From The Beatles to Bieber, how pop stars have saved the world
Ahead of Cop21 and the SDGs, boy band One Direction have launched a humanitarian campaign. How have other pop stars contributed to development throughout the ages?

Naomi Larsson

09, Jul, 2015 @3:34 PM

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Rock Stars Stole My Life by Mark Ellen review – misty-eyed, touchingly nerdy memoir
From the mud and thunder of early festivals to Live Aid and Rihanna, music journalist Mark Ellen was in the right place at the right time

Ben East

29, Mar, 2015 @4:00 PM

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