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From the Publisher"[Bob Marley: Herald of a Postcolonial World?] is the mostintellectually nuanced and comprehensive treatement of Bob Marleyavailable ... The book exemplifies nicely the analytical power of arigorous and carefully applied social theoretical framework ...this is an excellent book, and I'm delighted that someone hasfinally given Bob Marley the elegant and sustained criticalanalytical treatment that he deserves. It is the richest , mostserious, and most interesting scholarly analysis of Marleyavailable."
"The number of issues that Jason covers is quite remarkable andthe bibliography highlights the excellent research; I doubt therewill be many other books written on Bob Marley which cover 19thcentury slave revolts, mento and nyabinghi musical styles andunemployment and police harassment in Birmingham ... I fullyrecommend the book to anyone who has spent any length of timelistening to Bob Marley, or to anyone who has an interest in theorigins and spread of reggae music."
"Jason Toynbee not only brings out the complexity of his musicin this fascinating book, but takes the reader to some interestingdetails of the history of the rise of one of the most influentialmusicians of the twentieth century."
"This book is a serious scholarly treatment of the life andmusic of Bob Marley which is well worth reading. It does not onlytrace Bob Marley's life and music through the turbulent post-waryears but attempts to answer a crucial question: why has thisartiste and this music, from a small Carribean island, had such abroad global impact? ... Toynbee insists that the global appear ofthis music has its own independent substance. The same may be saidfor this thoughtful and knowledgeable book. Courses in culturalstudies and musicology at both the undergraduate and graduatelevels should take careful note."
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"A smart and engaging example of what a popular music biographyshould look like."
Timothy Taylor, University of California, LosAngeles
"As if infected by the sheer surprise and complexity of hismusic, this book makes sense of the contradictions of Bob Marley'slife and work with wonderful analytic verve and an engaging displayof the dogged scholarly need to understand. A tour-de-force ofapplied cultural theory and in itself confirmation of Bob Marley'scontinuing inspirational power!"
Simon Frith, Edinburgh University