Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

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The classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death

Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic of rock biography, delves into the life of the leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that continues today.

Under the supervision of the author’s widow and with the ...

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Overview

The classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death

Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic of rock biography, delves into the life of the leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that continues today.

Under the supervision of the author’s widow and with the collaboration of a Marley expert, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material on the Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician , including many revisions made by the author before his untimely death. An appendix to the new edition chronicles Marley’s legacy in recent years, as well as the ongoing controversy over the possibility that Marley’s remains might be exhumed from Nine Mile, Jamaica, and reburied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where hundreds of Rastafarians live. The new edition also contains an expanded discography and is factually updated throughout.

“Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“As close as rock journalism comes to transcendent literature.”

—Playboy

“White has a deep appreciation for reggae’s immediacy, hypnotic power, and contradictions . . . An exhaustively researched labor of love.”

Chicago Sun-Times

This book chronicles the life and career of Bob Marley and the milieu that shaped his spiritual and political beliefs. Now includes information on Jamaica's troubled music business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805080865
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 155,581
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the most prominent music journalists of the twentieth century, Timothy White wrote extensively on Marley, reggae, and Caribbean music and culture for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other leading publications. His close contact with Marley and his family and inner circle of friends led to White being granted access to private papers, photographs, and memorabilia. White died in 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

    Catch a Fire

    I got this book when i was 15. That was 16 years ago and I've read it maybe 5 times. It is the most important piece of literature that any Bob fan, new or seasoned, could own. BUY IT.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    AWESOME!!!!

    This book really depicted the life of Bob Marley very well. I enjoyed it a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Great book

    This book is the best BOB MARLEY book i have ever read; its really great. Mr. white talks about not only the life of BOB MARLEY, but also the rastafarian religion, jamaican politics and much more. I reccomend this book to all BOB MARLEY fans and people who want to learn about him. PEACE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    fantastic

    Unbelievable book about the most important musician of the 20th century. Makes you see him in a different light

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Um...okay

    Listen, this book was strange. Just crepy. If u wanna read a real book then read the warriors group of series. You would start with 1 into the wild. Dont worry, in the beggining its BORING! But it gets so good i couldnt put it down. Ive been reading it since i was like, young. For 3 years! Its dramatic, adventures, and funny. Its a good book, and for the books, all of them i would put 5 stars. And there are magma series too. And Survivers and Seekers are also by three people, Erin Hunter. Lets just say if ur anything like me, slightly crazy (yes i attmitt it) and super awesome then, this will be your pure gold!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

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    I haven't read it yet, but it seems like a good book to learn about Mr. Marley!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    BOB MARLEY

    BOB MARLEY ROCKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    A dim fire!

    I really was excited about reading Catch A Fire by Timothy White but the book picks up and leaves the reader dumbfounded. I enjoyed reading the book with intentions on learning more but Mr. White does not tie all the information together for the average reader to understand! Only those previously knowledgeable Marley Fans Read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

    One must be cautious about those we make our leaders and legends. This carefully executed biography makes that point effectively. Fellow Marley biographer Chris Salewicz praised White's book for its 'gifted, accurate touch that recalls the best of Garcia Marquez,' and Marquez's own work explored the dangers of simplifying heroes and leaders. As White shows, Marley was more than a music star, and Marley's most important legacy may be that he saw there was a war against the poor in the Caribbean and he fought back with al

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

    Got this bio for Christmas and couldn't put it down until it was finished. Now I'm using it as a record buying advisor. It made me appreciate Bob Marley a great dea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

    Mountainous research into the songs and the person behind them help the reader learn a lot quickly. But the bigger value is that it's a history book, not a pop bio, and lends awareness of the politics and social pressures too. Vivid jou

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

    Musn't take leaders or legends at face value. Fellow Marley biographer Chris Salewicz compares White's study to 'the best of Garcia Marquez,' whose warnings about leaders were the same. This carefully-executed treatise shows there was a war against the poor in the Caribbean and Marley fought back with all he

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