Reggae Poet: The Story of Bob Marley

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Before he was the face of reggae music and the most prominent practitioner of Rastafarian religion, Bob Marley was a little boy called Nesta, growing up in the tiny Jamaican village of Nine Miles. The only son of a Jamaican farmer's daughter and an aging British government official, the young boy was rejected by both white and black society, and tormented by gangs in the poor neighborhoods of Trench Town.

Bob soon learned to find refuge and relief in American rock 'n' roll. He ...

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Overview

Before he was the face of reggae music and the most prominent practitioner of Rastafarian religion, Bob Marley was a little boy called Nesta, growing up in the tiny Jamaican village of Nine Miles. The only son of a Jamaican farmer's daughter and an aging British government official, the young boy was rejected by both white and black society, and tormented by gangs in the poor neighborhoods of Trench Town.

Bob soon learned to find refuge and relief in American rock 'n' roll. He began making his own music, combining the popular music he heard on the radio with the sounds he heard around him throughout Jamaica.

Bob formed a band called the Wailers. Eventually, their music made its way across the Atlantic. Before long, Bob was one of the most famous and influential musicians in the world, embarking on worldwide tours and releasing records embraced by the public and critics alike.

But fame was not always easy, as Bob's rise to stardom strained his relationship with his wife, children, and even his childhood friends who had helped him achieve his dreams. He also found himself in the middle of a struggle for power in Jamaica, and found his life endangered by corrupt politicians and militias. But with his steadfast belief in the Rastafarian religion, and an unyielding focus on the creation of music, Bob Marley carried on, becoming one of the most beloved musicians of all time, with an influence that can still be felt today.

About the Author:
Calvin Craig Miller is the author of biographies of Che Guevara, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and Mary Shelley, all published by Morgan Reynolds. He lives in North Carolina

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Gr 9 Up- Marley and his larger-than-life story are adequately portrayed in this serviceable biography. Miller describes his subject's birth in the Jamaican village of Nine Miles in 1945 to a black mother and white father. His mixed racial heritage and poverty made his childhood difficult. He began playing music and singing at an early age and later formed the Wailers with a childhood friend. The band became known for a distinctive reggae sound that made them famous around the world. The clearly written text provides a solid background by discussing Jamaican history, Rasta beliefs, and contemporary political events. The book is evenhanded, showing Marley's successes as well as his flaws, including his extramarital affairs, and also mentions his use of marijuana and an assassination attempt on his life. Black-and-white and a few color photographs add to the narrative, and source notes that identify the origins of the quotes appear throughout.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599350714
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Modern Music Masters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Nine Miles Boy     11
Wailers in Trench Town     24
Rastaman     41
Cold Journey     52
The Wailers Catch Fire     64
King of Reggae     72
Blood for Peace     85
Fame and Scandal     91
Fading Light     104
Survival     111
Timeline     116
Sources     118
Bibliography     122
Web sites     124
Index     125
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