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Live8 and Live Aid anniversary: a belated round-up of articles

Posted on | July 21, 2010 | No Comments

The striking thing about the last couple of hours spent looking for these articles is how few there were to find. British newspapers The Guardian, The Sun and The Telegraph decided that at least a couple of articles were called for, but there is not a word on the anniversary from the originators of the events in their current incarnation as ONE, nor do contributors to All Africa or Pambazuka News consider the occasion to be something that should be marked. Maybe writers feel that they’ve been celebrating or critiquing for twenty-five years and surely that is enough. I think so long as there is only one article in the list like Ethan Zuckerman’s and the highest profile writers view the events as hugely positive, repetitions of the same mistakes will continue to proliferate. It’s not good enough to look to the policy experts for how the effects played out; we need much more serious analysis of why the methods of communication and public engagement led to the outcomes – whether you’re in favour of or against the outcomes.

New addition added 30th July 2010

Good Intentions are Not Enough on The Live Aid Legacy

see also:

Good Intentions are Not Enough on The Media’s Impact on Aid

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Ethan Zuckerman: The voiceless have a voice – we need to listen, in The Guardian’s Katine Chronicles blog, 1st July 2010

The founder of Global Voices on why “It’s getting much harder to be Bob Geldof”, with examples from Technorati in 2005 and the 1 million shirts controversy this year.

Much of what I’ve been researching and debating for years could be summed up with the words: ‘what Ethan just said’.

Make Poverty History five years on: dusting off the white band by Jane Moyo on the Action Aid UK website, 2nd July 2010

Publicising a brief report that summarises outcomes from the MPH campaign.

Ethiopia Since Live Aid, Part II: A few questions for Peter Gill on Oxford University Press USA’s blog, 7th July 2010

An interview with the author of new OUP book, ‘Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid’.

Be proud… you’ve led fight to help world’s poorest for 25 years by Oliver Harvey in The Sun, 12th July 2010

This is not just The Sun being The Sun, there’s a column from Geldof too, which includes: “This country and its people have for 25 years, since Live Aid, led this massive global effort.”

Live Aid 25 years on – time to change the record by Nathalie Rothschild in Spiked on 13th July 2010

Rothschild’s response to The Sun’s article, above.

Blair: I’m so proud of help Britain’s given Africa by Tony Blair in The Sun, 13th July 2010

I don’t actually dislike Geldof, I just disagree with his approach on this matter. Blair on the other hand…

Learning from Live 8 and Band Aid by Alec van Gelder in the International Policy Network’s blog on 13th July 2010

Short but with links to previous posts on evaluating aid.

Live Aid:  “Well done us?” by Feyzi Ismail in Counterfire on 13th July 2010

Live Aid wasn’t a fantastic concert. But it didn’t need to be by Neil McCormick in Telegraph blogs, 13th July 2010

Looking back at Live Aid, 25 years later by Kyle Anderson and Gil Kaufman on the MTV site, 13th July 2010

Understandably focusing on the music side of things.

Remembering Live Aid 25 years later by Todd Leopold on the CNN website, 13th July 2010

Mark Goodman, who was an MTV VJ at the Philadelphia concert, discusses his memories of the event.

People’s Choice music poll

A poll if most inspiring USA-based charity fundraisers to mark the Live Aid anniversary.

BBC marks 25th anniversary of Live Aid with Bob Geldof drama by James Robinson in The Guardian, 14th July 2010

The failure of the Live Aid Model by John-Clark Levin in the Wall Street Journal on 14th July 2010

Africans don’t rate Bob Geldof, so why should we? by Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph on 15th July

Best bit is the last two lines: “Treating Africa as the White Pop Stars’ Burden certainly gave lots of Westerners a free concert, and a warm glow of self-satisfaction. But it’s much less clear what the Africans got from the deal.” Pity Youssou N’Dour isn’t quoted until the second last paragraph. Gilligan has written on this subject a few times:

Aid is a marathon not a sprint by Douglas Alexander in The Guardian, 15th July 2010

Wee Doogie, the now Shadow Secretary of State of International Development, criticises his successors on aid policy.

Memories of Live Aid 1985 by Steven Russell in the East Anglian Daily Times, 20th July 2010

One reader’s recollections of being in the audience at the Wembly concert.


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