Before the Legend

Before the Legend

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by Christopher Farley
     
 

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Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita, his mother,

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Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend, Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others—Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times.

This is a portrait of an artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica, to the making of his debut international record, "Catch a Fire." We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From the acclaimed journalist, Christopher John Farely, the author of the bestselling AALIYAH and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061828812
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
823,432
File size:
467 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher John Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is the author of the bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and the novels My Favorite War and Kingston by Starlight. He is also the coauthor of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He has worked as an editor and pop-music critic at Time magazine and is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.

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Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Smk_Guru More than 1 year ago
Upon reading this book I discovered a lot about Bob Marley and his music. I found that he was a simple man with a mission. That mission is to tell his peoples struggle through song. He was more that just a free-spirited, ganja-smoking Rastafarian, he was a herbsman, wild man, a natural mystic man, ladies man, island man, family man, soccer man, showman, shaman, human, and Jamaican. This book digs deep and takes you into his everyday life as a young musician trying to make it big in a society that was holding everyone down. I really liked how this book went in depth of his everyday life from birth, to death. The details made you feel like you were right there next to him from the Trenchtown beginnings to the cancerous end. I also listened to his music both early and late while reading this book. In doing so it made me understand his music on a new level. I understood ever song, every lyric, and every beat. The book gave me such a good understanding of who he was and the messages he was trying to send. His music was about liberating one nation that had been suppressed and misunderstood. He sang songs of redemption and freedom. Music was his weapon, and lyrics were his bullets. There isn't much about this book that I didn't like. Sometimes the book went into extreme detail and at times I found myself lost. I recommend this book to anyone who is a Bob Marley fan or anyone who is looking for a little inspiration. Approach this book with an open mind and a common understanding of the struggles of others and how they overcome.
Simone24 More than 1 year ago
Everyone should learn about one of the graetest musicians in our time. Learn about his adversities in life. Learn how he passed his love for life and music on to his family. I'm still moved by his music and lyrics to this date.
michico More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting tp learnn more about Bob Marley the man, before he became a legend. It had too many references to the land, dating back to 1920's. There was minimal references about his mother. This book just appeared as a way too long essay. I am an avid reader of biographies and autobiographies, I would not recommend.
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So far im only on page 10 and i love this book. It is so good and i like how it says in the book he wasnt a drug actick and he isnt you will see him in pictures smooking weed but that was his religeon. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!