Bob Marley by Garry Steckles
A Life

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One of the twentieth century's most iconic cultural figures, Bob Marley was responsible for popularizing reggae music throughout the world. He set attendance records that still stand today and his 1977 Exodus album was hailed by Time magazine as the greatest of the 20th Century. His unique blend of politically conscious lyrics and unforgettable melodies won him legions of fans far beyond the Caribbean. But Marley was no mere pop star: his strong attachment to Rasta beliefs and practices and his fierce hostility to the injustice of "Babylon" made him an important spokesperson for the dispossessed all over the globe.

In this new biography, Garry Steckles follows Marley's eventful life through the early days in rural Jamaica, arrival in Kingston, first recordings and performances to his spectacular status as an international superstar. Throughout he analyzes Marley's political and religious beliefs, while also concentrating on his relationships with fellow musicians, family and influential figures. A chapter focusing on Marley's long-term legacy explores what the musician contributed to world music and what the religious believer gave to Rastafarianism.


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Published June 1, 2008 by MacMillan Caribbean. 280 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography.

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St. Kitts-based journalist Steckles, one of the reggae icon’s more devout devotees, has spent countless moons cataloging all forms of Bob Marley minutiae.

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Since Bob Marley’s tragic death in May 1981 from cancer, a number of books have been written about the “King of Reggae.” With colorful titles such as Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley and Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer, Marley has arguably been overrepresented as a biographical subject.

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