‘Nobody wanted me as a musician, they wanted me to be Saint Bob, and I couldn’t stand it’: How a new Geldof emerged when the hits dried up

A new book by journalist Nick Duerden offers a fascinating account of what happens to pop stars once their moment in the sun passes. In this extract, Bob Geldof tells him about wrestling for an identity after the music faded

Bob Geldof: 'I’d just had my first baby, I was 30 years old, and I thought: That’s it? What a brutal business pop music is.’ Picture: Getty