Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of the Boomtown Rats
The story of The Boomtown Rats, who fought a conservative Ireland, broke through the UK punk scene, scored global No 1 hits and revolutionised the world with Bob Geldof’s Live Aid.
With guests including Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Dave Stewart, Jools Holland, David Mallet and Sting, as well as music writers, photographers and historians, this film explores the musical and social legacy of Ireland’s first rock superstars The Boomtown Rats, who changed their own lives, helped to change Ireland and, with Bob Geldof’s Live Aid, changed the world.
In this entertaining, dramatic and absorbing film, director Billy McGrath digs deep into the band’s history and remarkable songbook and highlights the key moments of its huge success and subsequent fall in 1985. And after over 30 years, why did the band regroup in 2013?
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Interviewed Guest||Bob Geldof|
|Interviewed Guest||Sinéad O’Connor|
|Interviewed Guest||Jools Holland|
|Interviewed Guest||David Mallet|
|Interviewed Guest||Paul Gambaccini|
|Interviewed Guest||Bob Gruen|
|Interviewed Guest||David Fricke|
|Interviewed Guest||Neil McCormick|
|Interviewed Guest||Dave Stewart|
|Interviewed Guest||Charles Shaar Murray|
|Interviewed Guest||Pete Briquette|
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Crowe|
|Interviewed Guest||Garry Roberts|
|Interviewed Guest||Gerry Cott|
|Production Manager||Pamela Lee|
|Animator||Anna K Wright|