Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader

Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader

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by Hank Bordowitz
     
 

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Throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and America, Bob Marley represents far more than just the musician who translated spiritual and political beliefs into hypnotic, hard-hitting songs such as "Get Up, Stand Up," "No Woman, No Cry," and "Jammin'." Marley was born in rural Jamaica and reared in the mean streets of Kingston's Trenchtown; his ascent to worldwide

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Throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and America, Bob Marley represents far more than just the musician who translated spiritual and political beliefs into hypnotic, hard-hitting songs such as "Get Up, Stand Up," "No Woman, No Cry," and "Jammin'." Marley was born in rural Jamaica and reared in the mean streets of Kingston's Trenchtown; his ascent to worldwide acclaim, first with The Wailers--Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone--and later as a solo artist, is a riveting story of the spiritual awakening of a uniquely talented individual.Now, for the first time, a symphony of voices has joined together to offer perspective on one of this century's most compelling figures. Dealing with Bob Marley as a man and myth, from his "rude boy" teens to international fame and his tragic death at the age of thirty-six, Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright then explores the larger picture, examining Marley as the spokesman for Jamaica's homegrown religion of Rastafarianism, as a flash point for the pressure cooker of Jamaican politics, and his unique status as the first pop musical superstar of the so-called "Third World."

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KLIATT
There is no denying that Marley is an icon. His music is on commercials and featured on the soundtrack of children's films; at least one young adult literary character has been named after him (in Angela Johnson's Heaven), not to mention the success of his posthumously released CD, Legend. In this book academicians and journalists share the same terrain with well-known writer Alice Walker and Marley's widow, Rita Marley. Each short essay explains how the varied authors came to know Robert Nesta Marley and his music. In addition to personal essays, the six sections of the book include previously published articles, interviews and book excerpts. A brief introduction by the book's editor, Hank Bordowitz, the editor of The UR Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Review, prefaces each chapter. Most readers have heard the music of Marley and may be aware of his belief in the Rastafarian religion and in the sanctity of marijuana, but this book treads lesser-known waters. How many have read the Marvel Comic book of Marley's life or are familiar with his association with politics, albeit unintentionally and to his detriment (he and his wife were shot by gunmen)? Marley has never been so exposed. When he died at age 36 on May 11, 1981 of cancer, he left at least seven children by seven different women and four by his wife, including the Grammy Award-winning Ziggy Marley, to mourn his death and to fight for the rights to his legacy. In spite of Marley's undeniable contribution to music, at times his personal life reads like an adventure story. Readers will be both entertained and informed. This book will definitely hold the attention of music lovers and thoseinterested in pop culture. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Perseus, Da Capo, 314p. illus. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—KaaVonia Hinton
Library Journal
Bob Marley remains the most famous and influential reggae star, 23 years after his death. While he has been the subject of many traditional biographies, he hasn't inspired an anthology like this before. Bordowitz (Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival) collects essays by music critics published during Marley's life and after, as well as contributions from writers (Alice Walker) and political figures (former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley). The articles cover Marley's early life, rise to stardom, impact on Jamaican and world music, death, wrangling over his estate, children, and Rastafarianism, concluding with articles about musicians with whom he played and who are carrying on the tradition. Generally well written and offering many viewpoints, this collection is a great read for casual readers and longtime fans. One caveat: the proofs were rife with typos, which one hopes will be fixed in the final book. Those looking for a straightforward biography should turn to Timothy White's Catch a Fire. For all collections where reggae or Bob Marley material is in demand. Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786728398
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Hank Bordowitz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival and editor of The U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Reviews. He lives in the exurbs of New York City.

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