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Book Title: Is That It|
The author of the book: Bob Geldof
ISBN 13: 9780283993626
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Date of issue: September 2nd 1986
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Coming across an old pile of books one day, I stumbled upon “Is that it?” by Bob Geldof, I thought to myself “hmm, maybe that would be interesting – I don’t know much about him”. I am glad I picked it up as this is the best autobiography I have read.
Watching the finale of the Live aid concert, it is impossible not to be bowled over by the frenzied energy of that performance. Somehow, it seemed inevitable that Geldof would be the man behind such an event. Yet, this is the story of a very ordinary guy. A guy who grew up in an ordinary part of Dublin, went to a typically ordinary Irish school, drank in very ordinary pubs, and like most of us drifted contentedly through life.
Geldof gives an insight into his troubled relationship with his father, a heart-breaking account of his mother’s death, his sometimes distant relationship with his siblings and his struggles at school. He then moves on to discuss his various mediocre aimless jobs (although bizarrely, he almost became the man that introduced the ‘buy & sell’ magazine to Ireland) before moving on to his Boomtown Rats days and then finishing just after the Live Aid concert. A particular thrill for me in the early pages of “Is that it?” was reading about the Dublin of Geldof’s youth – this is a fantastic resource for anybody who wishes to learn more about the Dublin of the 1960’s & 70’s.
Originally, I gave this book a 4 star rating. The reason for the 4 star rating was because I thought it lost its way after the Live Aid chapter. The book became more concerned about the whole Band Aid charity than Geldof himself. However, after thinking about it, I moved it up to 5 stars. Yes, the book was a bit chaotic after the Live Aid part. However, that was probably a very accurate reflection of Geldof’s life at the time. Suddenly, a fairly ordinary pop-star has become the figurehead of charitable aid in the western world. He is having casual chats with Prince Charles, hanging out with African dictators, discussing airplanes with the Australian prime minister. It would be difficult to fit all that chaos into a couple of chapters. So up to 5 stars it is!
This book did not endear Geldof to me. Actually, I probably came to dislike him– he steals from his Dad, cheats on his girlfriend, praises very few people, criticises a lot of people. Yet, the book made me respect him. More importantly, it allowed me to feel that I got to know Geldof. Not many autobiographies are like that. Most are just a compilation of exaggerated amusing anecdotes rather than an actual life story. This book was a life story.
It is the story of an ordinary guy. But it is also the story of how an ordinary guy can achieve extraordinary feats. In the words of Geldof, “you may as well push yourself right to the very extremes of your capabilities”.
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Read information about the authorRobert Frederick Zenon Geldof KBE, known as Bob Geldof, is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist who became famous as a member of the rock band The Boomtown Rats. His achievements include organizing Live Aid and Live 8. Geldof's most notable compositions include "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays". He also starred as Pink in Pink Floyd's 1982 film The Wall.
Geldof left the Boomtown Rats in 1986, to launch a solo career and release his autobiography, Is That It?, which was a best-seller.
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