Bob Geldof

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The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

 The “Festival of Britain” appears under threat as the DUP will only support it if it is called the “Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and held in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency of Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

There were plenty of Brexit-themed japes to be found on April Fool’s Day this year although, to be honest, they were hard to distinguish from the othe(...)

 Bob Geldof speaking  at  University of Limerick where he received an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media/PA Wire

Bob Geldof has described the British government as “incapable and inept” and said that Brexit will be a “disaster”. The prominent Remain campaigner a(...)

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’  was written for the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’, starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.  Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio by Getty Images

Although not a Christmas song per se, Baby It’s Cold Outside is an annual festive favourite. The call and response duet details a man trying to convin(...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)

Bob Dylan: news that Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, is to film Blood on the Tracks has filled wise people with fears we are returning to the Dark Aeons

The news that Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, is to film Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks has filled wise people with fears we are r(...)

Brexit protest: Bob Geldof has organised the open letter to Theresa May. Photograph: Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Getty

Bob Geldof has gathered a roll-call of celebrated performers, producers and composers to warn Theresa May, the British prime minister, about the impac(...)

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a simple ceremony on the edge of Lough Tay, the ashes of Garech Browne, art collector, patron of the arts, and a Guinness heir, were poured into it(...)

Bob Dylan: on his 1966 British tour he binned the dungarees and lumberjack shirts of the Greenwich Village years and stocked up in the boutiques of Carnaby Street. Photograph: Ochs/Getty

Forty years ago I got a summer job on a building site near Dalkey, that picturesque coastal village in south Co Dublin, making tea and running errands(...)

Pope John Paul II in Ireland, 1979. When Pope Francis arrives here in August, he will be visiting a secular society that bears little resemblance to the one that welcomed his predecessor so fulsomely

The big Yes vote in the recent Eighth Amendment referendum can only be interpreted as a monumental loss for the Catholic Church. Commentators can poin(...)

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