Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris SalewiczAn important book if you have been touched by the music of Bob Marley, especially those songs that you could feel arose not only from a spiritual well-spring, but from the ghettos of Jamaica and experiences that were authentically in solidarity with the Third World and those in poverty. The book goes into much detail into his life and work, and, if one has listened to all of Bobs albums and felt that different things were going on historically and musically, this read will help you truly sort them out. I read the book hoping to understand more of the social justice aspect of his work, and I feel that it helped me to do that, though it also helped me to revisit so much that I love about the art of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Much about Peter Tosh in the book as well, an artist who helped to shape my political consciousness at a young age like no other back in the 1980s. I found the evidence that the CIA sponsored the assassination attempt on Marley very important, and some other material of this sort was included, but I wish that there was more.
...Bobs true rebel spirit lies in his devastatingly accurate depictions of ghetto life and official oppression and corruption. The pain of Slave Driver; the anger of Rebel Music (3 OClock Roadblock), The Belly Full (But We Hungry), and Rat Race; the inspired vision of recording Haile Selassies speech to the United Nation as War; in his raising aloft the arms of Prime Minister Michael Manley and opposition leader Edward Seaga in an effort at unity; in his forming relationships with Kingstons gang leaders in an effort to cool them out; in his dispensing thousands of dollars at a time to penniless mothers; in his efforts to bestride the racial and economic barriers inherent in Jamaica and throughout Babylon; in his establishing the concept of Babylon in our culture and souls. And isnt it curious that Bob Marley is seen as a rebel because he had a genuine belief in peace and an end to oppression? (411)
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Bob Marley is one of those incredibly rare musical artists whose songs not only remain popular years, even decades after they were recorded, but have also become ingrained in our very culture. In Marley's case, his music has stretched across the globe, influencing artists genres ranging from hip-hop to rock, pop, folk, and even country. With classic songs like these, Marley and his band, the Wailers, were largely responsible for bringing reggae music to the world stage. Fans around the world connected both to the Wailers' enticing rhythms and to Marley's lyrics, which often addressed moving political and societal struggles. It was this kind of empathy and outspokenness that has helped make Marley not just a star, but an icon, long after his passing.
Photo: Getty Images. Bob Marley was just 36 years old when he died of cancer in , but the Jamaican-born reggae legend left a massive musical legacy. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in But as the seven facts below illustrate, he lived an exceptionally full life in a very short amount of time. Nesta Robert Marley was born on February 6, , in St.
Ann Parish, Jamaica, in He later called his record label Tuff Gong, which is now part of Island Records. Marley married a local Sunday school teacher named Rita Anderson when he was 21 and they stayed married until his death. He had several other children with other women, according to Biography. Officially, Marley acknowledged fatherhood of 13 children , although there are rumors that more children exist.
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Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Wake Up and Live! Here are 24 chilled facts about Bob Marley. Bob Marley was born in Jamaica. His mother was only 18 when he was born, and his father was a white Englishman who was already well into his late 60s.
Bob Marley 6 February — 11 May was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist. So they switched his name to Robert Nesta Marley. As a little kid, Bob had a knack for deeply spooking people by successfully predicting their futures by reading their palms. His new destiny, he said, was to become a singer. For the rest of his life, whenever someone who knew him back when asked him to read their palms, he resolutely refused.