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Live Aid

Live Aid was a rock music concert organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure[?] in order to raise funds for famine relief[?] in Ethiopia. Billed as a "global jukebox" it was mainly held at Wembley Stadium, London, and JFK Stadium[?], Philadelphia, on July 13, 1985. It was the largest scale satellite link-up and TV broadcast of all time.

The success of Live aid inspired Roger Waters' song "The Tide is Turning".

Performers were (in order of appearance):

Bob Dylan's performance was marred by his insensitive comment - "It would be nice if some of this money went to the American farmers". He is often misquoted, as on the Farm Aid[?] web site, as saying "Wouldn't it be great if we did something for our own farmers right here in America?"). In his biography Bob Geldof was extremely critical of the remark; he states - "He displayed a complete lack of understanding of the issues raised by Live Aid.... Live Aid was about people losing their lives. There is a radical difference between losing your livelihood and losing your life. It did instigate Farm Aid, which was a good thing in itself, but it was a crass, stupid, and nationalistic thing to say."



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