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Is That It? Hardcover – 8 May 1986


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; 1st edition (8 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283993626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283993626
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,262 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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I don't know why it took me so many years to get around to reading this,but i'm glad I finally got around to it.It covers his early days of growing up,the boomtown rats and band aid/live aid. Having loved all the music he's done over the years,i wanted to know about this man and what makes him tick. To think this book is near on 30 years old now,yet doesn't feel old,just put your mind into the moments. So it is great to find out what was happening in his head during the major moments of his life,some of the later stuff lost my interest slightly,but that's me,i can't deny it's brilliantly written,with moments to laugh at and think about. A man deserving of respect,he didn't just think about doing things,he did them and did himself proud.
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By marmel on 18 Nov. 2014
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I read this book 13 years ago and thought it was the best book I had ever read. I bought it a few weeks ago for 1p (excluding p&p) here on Amazon and have just started reading it again, unsure if it would still be as enjoyable, but I'm loving it just as much second time around.
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Is that it? 25 Mar. 2003
By Daniel Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully crafted autobiography. Honest and personal, Geldof puts the first half of his life under the microscope and you grow to love him for his warts and scars.
A riveting book especially for those who recall the music of his era. You will laugh and you may cry even if it is only because the book ends years short of the present day.
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