Marley and Me: The Real Bob Marley Story


Since Bob Marley died in 1981, the myths and legends which surround his life have continued to grow. Only one man knows the truth. Marley's confidante and manager Don Taylor, tells the real story behind Marley.

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Since Bob Marley died in 1981, the myths and legends which surround his life have continued to grow. Only one man knows the truth. Marley's confidante and manager Don Taylor, tells the real story behind Marley.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Marred by meandering narration and boundless self-aggrandizement, this memoir by Bob Marley's manager does little to demythologize the late, great reggae superstar. Though Taylor dutifully addresses Marley's life before their association, this is an edited version of transcripts of his taped memoirs, and Taylor comes across as more interested in hearing himself talk. Readers will learn more about Taylor's childhood in Kingston's Trench Town and his rise in the music business than about Marley's childhood and early career. Taylor makes much of the deal-brokering that goes on in the recording industry and of his proclivity for it: ``Thanks to my shrewd management and teamwork, Bob's stature was growing'' is just one example. Taylor does capture Bob Marley's navigation of Jamaica's incendiary political landscape in the 1970s, and the story of the attempt on Marley's life is well told Taylor was seriously injured in the attempt. But Taylor's efforts to offer insight into Marley's personal life would be laughable if they weren't so embarrassingly bad, as when, in describing Bob and Rita Marley tending to their dreadlocks, Taylor opines, ``To see them lighting up their spliffs during this combing ritual was a beautiful sight.'' Get the boxed set instead. Discography. Photos not seen by PW. Sept.
Library Journal
Taylor, manager of such acts as Martha and the Vandellas and most recently Soul II Soul, writes about the rise of reggae great Bob Marley (1945-81). After outlining the parallels between his and Marley's youths, Taylor details his experiences as Marley's manager from 1975 to 1981, including the late 1976 assassination attempt on the musician in which Taylor was seriously wounded. Though adding few insights into Marley's music, the author offers an interesting portrayal of Marley, describing him as an ironic figure: a devoted father with an entourage of women; a multi-millionaire who traveled on tour with only a duffel bag of belongings; and a musician who hoped to unite warring political factions into religious unity. He also provides an insider's view of the music business, including cutthroat financial dealings, political machinations, and the Mafia connection. Recommended for those interested in Bob Marley and the social dimension of popular music.-David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569800447
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 516,745
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xvii
Jamaica--A Historic Capsule xix
1. Growing Up In Jamaica--Waterfront Version 3
2. Bob's Early Life--Concrete Jungle Version 20
3. Making It In The Land Of Opportunity--USA Version 35
The Man
4. Marley & Me--First Encounters 49
5. Our First Tour And My First Meeting With Chris Blackwell 61
6. Managing Bob: Conning The Con Men 74
7. The Jamaican Scene 86
The Women
8. Bob and Rita 105
9. Bob and Cindy 114
10. The Free Concert And The Assassination Attempt 125
11. The Aftermath 142
The World
12. The First Far East Tour 163
13. The Break-Up 170
14. From Separation to Death 179
15. Passing on the Estate--Rita And Me 189
16. Hypocrites And Parasites 202
17. Reflections 216
Select Discography 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    best book ever

    best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Beautiful Jamaican Touch

    Authour appears very knowledgable and very articulate. Certainly brought back plesant memories from my child hood. And thats says how old I am. LOL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    Excellent Work

    Donald Taylor did a great job with the help of a respected intellectual, Jamaican Mike Henry. His version of events tells the trues story behind the scenes in the career of Bob Marley, and for the first time exposes the real exploiter of Jamaican music. Don Taylor revolutionised Bob Marley's management and stopped Island's owner from further exploiting him, renegotiating contracts and setting the foundations for the Marley Estate as a legacy for Bob and his children. Unfortunately Bob Marley died too young to really enjoy it, and left his estate in the hands of the original vultures. Hope you enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000


    I believed that this was a very good and useful book. It decribed Bob Marley's Life in the perspective of his manager which I found to be interesting.

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