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The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Interesting Yet Disappointing

    Bob Marley is perhaps one of the most influential icons of the Twentieth Century. Journalist Vivian Goldman tells of the making of Bob Marley and the Wailers¿ ¿Album of the Century¿ Exodus in her fascinating yet unsatisfactory book, The Book of Exodus. Goldman reflects both on her personal experiences as a close friend of Marley¿s and the insights of others to not only touch the outside world¿s views of how the album was made but dig deep into the emotional experiences of the band and reveal another side of the Jamaican music, Reggae. She provides historical background to everything from the way Jamaican drums were made to the minute details of the Rastafarian culture and Marley¿s dedication to it. The author¿s attention to detail is so intense that the readers can almost imagine every single moment of the making of the album and place themselves in the life of Bob Marley. The story begins with possibly the most influential event in Marley¿s life- the assassination attempt on him in which he was forced to flee his Kingston home and take refuge in London where Exodus was written and recorded. Goldman explains that the eighteen-month period outlining the creation of the album was a time in which Marley had a ¿rush of creativity¿ and when examined closer, interesting facts emerge. The author links the biblical Exodus to Marley¿s life and explains in great detail the artist¿s spiritual connection to each and every human, not only in life but in death as well. Goldman¿s frequent interviews with Bob Marley during his life help her to describe the emotions of the artist and his motivations in creating such a work of art. Although a common motif throughout the book is spirituality and how Marley was affected by it, the author fails to concentrate on one subject at a time, making the organization of the book perplexing. The fact that The Book of Exodus does have sufficient historical background to support each of the author¿s main points about the artist makes it appealing. The detail that Goldman uses is amazing, however she fails to discuss one matter in its entirety before continuing on to the next point, making the whole book seem like a stream of consciousness that someone simply jotted down on paper without organizing all of their thoughts. If a reader has an intense interest in Bob Marley and his Rastafarian culture, this book is worth reading so long as that reader is willing to handle with organization issues and constant jumping between seemingly unfinished thoughts. The book is quite disappointing, but does offer some interesting factual information needed to understand the extremely powerful artist Bob Marley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    One of the greatest books ever written...

    This was one of the greatest books i have ever read. Being a Marley fan myself it not only was interesting it was informative about some things i did not know. If you have time pick it up and read it.

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