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Is That it? Paperback – 9 Oct 1986


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (9 Oct 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014009363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140093636
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'It's terrific... sheer Geldof, direct, loud-mouthed, honest, button-holing, obscene, compassionate, compelling... Everyone over thirteen should read it' Hunter Davies, Evening Standard 'He is funny, frank and often four-lettered - but never boring' Financial Times 'Plenty of bright, rebellious, style-setting, charismatic young men have swilled and fornicated, but not many of them have had the urge to kiss the wounded' Clive James, Observer '(It) shows that by a combination of charm, loquaciousness and irrevocable moral certainty, a wayward, catholic, hand-reared boy can shift the world on its axis' Sunday Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bob Geldof formed Band Aid, orchestrated Live Aid, and is the driving force behind Live 8. He has rallied the forces of rock performers all over the world and inspired millions to raise millions for the starving in Africa. He has met with world leaders and demanded that they change their aid policies. He has travelled in Africa and seen famine first-hand, and he has overseen the disbursement of the millions that Band Aid has raised. In this vividly honest autobiography, written with wit, candour and characteristic energy, Geldof recounts his extraordinary childhood in Dublin and schooldays that were both horrifying and funny. He describes the origins of New Wave music and the beginnings, triumphs, and eventual eclipse of the Boomtown Rats. He writes of his years with Paula Yates, the formation of Band Aid and its achievements and he writes of his hopes for the future. Widely admired, Bob Geldof is nonetheless ferociously independent and remains the most charismatic and controversial public figure in Britain today. ‘It’s terrific… sheer Geldof, direct, loud-mouthed, honest, button-holing, obscene, compassionate, compelling… Everyone over thirteen should read it’ Hunter Davies, Evening Standard ‘He is funny, frank and often four-lettered - but never boring’ Financial Times ‘Plenty of bright, rebellious, style-setting, charismatic young men have swilled and fornicated, but not many of them have had the urge to kiss the wounded’ Clive James, Observer ‘(It) shows that by a combination of charm, loquaciousness and irrevocable moral certainty, a wayward, catholic, hand-reared boy can shift the world on its axis’ Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 16 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
Possibly the best autobiography ever written. I read this book when I was about fourteen and it felt like something I didn't want my Mum to discover in my room, so explicit was Bob's honesty and language. Not just foul language and sexual language, but a more honest and direct use of the English language than I'd previously encountered in any kind of publication anywhere at all.
Any fears or hopes that the book will be a step-by-step re-enactment of the Band Aid/Live Aid process are not necessarily founded, because the first two thirds of the book are like two separate books beforehand. Both of which are brilliant.
The first third is a a description of Bob's Irish childhood, adolescence and young manhood, which reads better than Frank McCourt's 'Angela's Ashes' or Roddy Doyle's 'Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha' (both of which I enjoyed in their own right).
The second third is a description of Bob's rise from wannabe pop/rock star, to bona fide writer/singer of international Number One songs and albums with The Boomtown Rats, which reads better than 'The Dirt' by Motley Cru, or Slash's Guns & Roses history (again, both of which I enjoyed in their own right), and sits alongside Chuck Berry's autobiography as the best of it's kind.
The third and final third, of course, depicts in detail the moment where Bob feels moved to take major-league humanitarian action on a larger scale than has ever been even contemplated, either before or since. He makes the impossible possible by first conceiving an unlikely yet inspired idea, then having the sheer strength of mind, body and soul to ensure it happens. It's an intriguing page-turner involving behind-the-scenes showbiz excitement, high-end politics and power in all it's forms.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Degiorgio on 20 Jun 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THat was the comment from a newspaper journalist. I agree completey, this book wuld be an excellent read even if only about his childhood and rise to fame in the Boomtown Rats. On top of this, the book also closely documents how Bob came up with the idea for Band Aid, and how it came to reality, and how it led to Live Aid, the biggest concert ever in the world with 2 BILLION people watching it. Read it!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
It is well written, with Irish charm and gives compeling accounts of Live Aid, Band Aid and his younger years. Read it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "shoegirlmb" on 23 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
I do not own this book at present but have read it before. It is a marvellous, and truly rare insight into one of our hero's, a true living legend. Like his gigs of which I have seen two he is candid and open but does not like a fuss made about him. The man posseses more humility than is nessecary in any human being. A great read, for God's sake buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liverpool Poet on 22 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
I am not a fan of this man's music but I am so glad I read this book!! It is a MUST read, it will open your mind and your heart. A TRULY inspiring read, I could NOT put this book down, I have never read a book that brought me to tears but this one did. I defy anyone not to be moved.

The misconceptions about his motives etc from the people who haven't read it have astounded me. He nearly went bankrupt while giving his time to the project, along with so many others who gave their time; blood, sweat and tears to get aid where it's needed.

This book is not only about Band/Live Aid, I started reading it because I was interested in him and the details of his life. He's seen some horrific things in his time and done some interesting things but I defy anyone not to be moved by the chapters about what inspired him to begin his Band Aid project and the subsequent events.

Fascinating insight into the life and career of a true 20th century icon!
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