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THIS MONTH IN… POP JULY 1985

IN OUR ROUND-UP OF JULY 1985’S BIGGEST MOMENTS IN POP, MADONNA STRIPS OFF, EURYTHMICS TEAM UP WITH STEVIE WONDER AND LIVE AID ROCKS LONDON AND PHILADELPHIA

The massive Live Aid charity concert is held at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The objective of the event was to raise money for victims of the Ethiopia famine.

Inspired by seeing a BBC report on the crisis, Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats set about the seemingly impossible task of convincing the creme de la creme of the world’s most successful musicians to play a fundraising concert for free. “You have to remember the context of it,” he subsequently revealed. “This was the 80s, a period of rampant individualism and greed.” Whatever obstacles he faced, Geldof stubbornly refused to take no for an answer and somehow charmed, cajoled and emotionally blackmailed artists of global stature including Paul McCartney, Queen, Phil Collins and Bob Dylan into taking part. He also convinced the BBC to broadcast the whole event as an all-day TV spectacle, which ultimately attracted a worldwide audience estimated at 1.9 billion. Quite apart from the supercharged musical highlights of the day on both sides of the Atlantic, Live Aid was a groundbreaking event in terms of what it achieved. The organisers hoped to raise £1 million but a few days later donations had already topped the £50 million mark.

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This month, we have the definitive interview with the returning Shakespears Sister – back after a split that lasted more than 25 years. We also meet Lloyd Cole to talk about his stunning electronic-flavoured new album Guesswork and catch up with the iconic Betty Boo who looks back on her career as a UK hip-hop trailblazer. Our Classic Album this issue is Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ambitious debut Welcome To The Pleasuredome and we take a deep dive into the studio work of Belinda Carlisle for our Album by Album feature. We talk to Steve Barron, the director who shaped the 80s pop video landscape, and also hear from China Crisis’ Gary Daly as he unveils his first-ever solo album. Read our verdict on Madonna’s Madame X alongside new live LPs from Soft Cell and New Order plus much more in our new albums pages. Our packed reissues and compilation section features Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Joy Division, Shakespears Sister and more. On the live reviews front, we check out shows including Take That, Howard Jones, Marc Almond and the Manic Street Preachers. Enjoy the issue!