Parsippany, NJ: Unicorn Publishing House, 1985. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"If there is a meanness, an empty cynicism, a terrifying selfishness and greed in us, then that day, watching that television, dancing in that crowd, playing on that stage, the obverse side of cruelty was made manifest" (Bob Geldof). Photo compilation of the 1980s pop and rock musicians who performed at the eponymous dual venue-benefit concert to raise funds for relief of Ethiopian famine, brainchild of the Irisih singer-songwriter and frontman for the Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof, in collaboration with Scottish musician Midge Ure of Thin Lizzy. The "superconcert," the first of its kind, raised more than $125 million and drew an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers (yours truly among them). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos, including full-page performance shots (by the likes of Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Sade, and Phil Collins, among others), behind-the-scenes photos, and images from the Ethiopian famine. Geldof's facsimile signature and date beneath introduction. Tearsheet of color photos from a contemporary publication on the same subject laid in. Early owner initials to verso of upper wrap. Light foxing to prelims, lightest edgewear. Near fine. Item #1950