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Dead Aid/Instant Bad Karma By The Mersey: The John Lennon Memorial Concert, Pier Head, Liverpool

Michael Gray, Times, The, 7 May 1990

IT HAS TAKEN the music industry five years to transform the rock-stars-for-charity mega-event from Bob Geldof's coherent effort to ameliorate a real tragedy to this self-serving, shifty enterprise by television marketing men, Liverpool City Council, Yoko Ono, the nebulous charity The Spirit Foundation and an ill-assorted roster of artists, some of whom may even have been sincere. Poor John Lennon. Poor Liverpool. This tacky ragbag of a concert was surely the nadir of the 'Live Aid' idea.

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