Why They're Heroes

OLAF HEINE / AGENTUR FOCUS

THE EQUALIZER: Grönemeyer has campaigned against inequality and injustice for 25 years.

Back in June, just two weeks before the Live 8 concerts, time set up a round-table discussion with the event's main organizers: screenwriter Richard Curtis and rock musicians Bob Geldof and Bono. Curtis arrived punctually in a nice gray sweater and poured himself a cup of tea. Geldof burst in a few minutes later, cussing and cajoling some unfortunate colleague on his mobile phone. Finally, Bono turned up and everybody got a big hug. A lively discussion ensued, with Curtis, Geldof and Bono talking passionately and perceptively about poverty in Africa and what the West can — and should — do...

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