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Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae
     

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

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by Kim Gottlieb-Walker
 

"’Reggae got soul,’ Toots Hibbert sang in one of his best-known songs, and
Kim Gottlieb-Walker's remarkable photographs coax that soul out of shadow and light. Her images from Jamaica capture the rough environment that shaped and challenged these artists, and the unquenchable joy that filled their music. They're the next-best thing to

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"’Reggae got soul,’ Toots Hibbert sang in one of his best-known songs, and
Kim Gottlieb-Walker's remarkable photographs coax that soul out of shadow and light. Her images from Jamaica capture the rough environment that shaped and challenged these artists, and the unquenchable joy that filled their music. They're the next-best thing to listening.” — Richard Cromelin

During 1975 and 1976, renowned underground photo-journalist Kim Gottlieb,
and her husband, Island publicity head Jeff Walker, documented what is now widely recognized as the Golden Age of reggae. Over two years of historic trips to Jamaica and exclusive meetings in Los Angeles, Kim took iconic photographs of the artists who would go on to define the genre and captivate a generation.

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae features candid and intimate photographs of all of the musicians, artists and producers who brought the reggae sound to the international stage, including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer,
Toots Hibbert, Burning Spear, Jacob Miller, Third World, Lee “Scratch” Perry and, of course, Bob Marley. Kim’s photographs include never-before-seen performance shots, candid behind-the-scenes footage of Bob’s home in
Jamaica, and exclusive records of key moments in reggae history, such as
Bob’s first US television appearance, the historical Dream Concert with
Stevie Wonder in Jamaica, and Bob meeting George Harrison backstage at the
Roxy in 1975.

Acclaimed rock journalist and director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous)
introduces this volume with a rousing foreword describing the time he accompanied Jeff and Kim to Jamaica to witness the burgeoning music scene there. Reggae historian Roger Steffens writes lucidly about the significance of those early years in reggae, and describes the pivotal moments documented in Kim’s photographs, many of which have not been seen in over 30 years, and many more of which have never been released to the public. Intimate and revealing, Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae is a rare and beautiful record of one of the most exciting moments in music history, told through the photographs of a true artist.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
There are many excellent photography-filled coffee-table books about Bob Marley, but this new one is a deserving addition. Photographer Gottlieb-Walker and her later-to-be husband, Walker, who both worked for Island Records, were given a remarkable opportunity to meet and hang out with Marley and various other members of the Jamaican reggae elite at the height of reggae's initial impact on the world. The photographs show a relaxed Marley and his band of followers in their digs in Kingston and various places around Jamaica and Los Angeles. Images from the well-known High Times magazine shoot of Marley and a big pile of ganja are included as well as photos of many reggae stars, such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, "Toots" Hibbert, and Burning Spear.Verdict To complement Gottlieb-Walker's many previously unpublished photographs, long-time reggae chronicler Steffens and Walker offer pertinent background material for casual fans. All in all, this is a fine package. Recommended for all reggae collections.—Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
From the Publisher
"A fantastic collection of rare Bob Marley images." — Crave Online

"The photography is excellent throughout, with a combination of live, staged and candid shots beautifully taken by Kim Gottlieb-Walker." — All Gigs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848566972
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Kim Gottlieb-Walker has been a photographer for over forty years and has worked throughout the entertainment industry in film (John Carpenter's Halloween and Escape from NY), television (Cheers, Family Ties, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories), popular culture (Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Philip K Dick) and music including Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Gram Parsons and Pink Floyd for the music press.

She lives with her husband, Jeff, in Los Angeles.

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Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ShaunDarius More than 1 year ago
Throughout life, there are times and spaces in the fabric of existence where you simply have to be there. In the notable case of Bob Marley, infamous Reggae artist, photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker WAS there.... ....Her book captures what no one else can: Intimate, revealing, close- up and exquisitely detailed photographic shots of Reggae iconoclast Bob Marley. Assembled with meticulous attention to detail, this coffee-table treasure takes the reader through the lens of a supremely gifted artistic eye (that of Ms. Gottlieb-Walker's), to view the very essence and fabric of Marley's soul. Short of personally knowing Bob Marley, this book will have to do.