Catch A Fire, the Life of Bob Marley, by Timothy White

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Bob Marley was the undisputed sovereign of reggae music and the revolutionary soul-prophet whose music had - and continues to have - a massive impact on people of all races throughout the world. "Catch A Fire" chronicles his life and career as well as the milieu that shaped Marley's political and spiritual beliefs. This full revised and expanded new edition features fascinating inside information on the intrigues of the reggae music business and the ongoing saga of Marley's musical and spiritual legacy. Included here are sections on the dramatic rise of Bob's musical offspring, the complex legal struggles surrounding his estate, and a sweeping social history of modern Jamaica and the origins of the Rastafarian religion.

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Timothy White, editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine, has written extensively on Marley and reggae for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other publications. His close contact with Marley, his family, and inner circle of friends led to his being granted access to private papers, photographs, and memorabilia. He is also the author of Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, a winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.
Published January 1, 1983 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 380 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Veteran reggae-journalist White has all the background, and has done all the research needed for a thoughtful study of reggae-star Bob Marley—one that brings in the larger issues of Jamaican politics, Rastafarianism, and Caribbean music-history.

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