The Words And Music Of Bob Marley

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Throughout his life and perhaps even more since his death in 1981 at the age of 36, Bob Marley's music has demonstrated a unique ability to combine with almost any cultural setting, no matter how different the elements might at first appear. Through his adaptable, yet enduring musical messages, he represents an especially articulate type of singer-songwriter. Marley released a large quantity of introspective, autobiographical material at the height of his success and it is thus only in a work such as this—in ...

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Words and Music of Bob Marley (Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection Series)

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Overview

Throughout his life and perhaps even more since his death in 1981 at the age of 36, Bob Marley's music has demonstrated a unique ability to combine with almost any cultural setting, no matter how different the elements might at first appear. Through his adaptable, yet enduring musical messages, he represents an especially articulate type of singer-songwriter. Marley released a large quantity of introspective, autobiographical material at the height of his success and it is thus only in a work such as this—in which the artist is investigated through his recorded output—that one can understand who this great man truly was and what he hoped to achieve through his life and music.

Time magazine made Bob Marley's impact strikingly clear when it named Exodus the most important album of the 20th century. Throughout his life and perhaps even more since his death in 1981 at the age of 36, Marley's music has demonstrated a unique ability to combine with almost any cultural setting, no matter how different the elements might at first appear. Through his adaptable, yet enduring musical messages, he represents an especially articulate type of singer-songwriter. Marley released a large quantity of introspective, autobiographical material at the height of his success and it is thus only in a work such as this—in which the artist is investigated through his recorded output—that one can understand who this great man truly was and what he hoped to achieve through his life and music.

The Words and Music of Bob Marley investigates Marley's creative output chronologically and provides complementary biographical information where it is relevant and helpful. Themes discussed throughout the book include protest, revolution, love, hate, biblical concepts, and Rastafari culture.

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"Moskowitz examines the life of reggae musician Bob Marley, the first third world superstar, as it relates to the production of his music. The treatment is chronological and includes discussion of the mechanics and personnel of the recording sessions, events that influenced Marley's writings, and (most prominently) musical structures and lyrical themes. Also included is a selective discography."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Moskowitz offers an exhaustive look at the words and music of all of the major releases by the late reggae superstar, Bob Marley. Major events of Marley's life are interspersed with analysis of his music and connected, somewhat superficially, to his songs. However, considering the great number of books about Marley, this one ranks among the best in its analysis of the song lyrics and its documentation of the musicians, producers, and instrumentation for most Marley sessions. With its comprehensive 23-page discography of singles and albums, informative chapter-by-chapter footnotes, and extensive bibliography of Marley and reggae-related titles, this will be of interest to music historians and determined fans….Recommended for comprehensive reggae collections and academic music libraries."

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Library Journal

"Reggae singer Bob Marley died before he was 40, but his music lives on and his album Exodus was deemed by Time Magazine the most important of the 20th century, so The Words and Music of Bob Marley is certain to be an ongoing, popular pick for any college-level music library serious about representing lasting artists. A chronological arrangement provides a blend of biography and music analysis, following the developing themes of Marley's works and presenting the histories of his albums and songs which made headlines and drew important links between new and traditional concepts. Any definitive Marley collection needs this."

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The Bookwatch

"Moskowitz writes from an enthusiastic, uncritical perspective, often sounding like an old friend of Marley and referring to him as Bob; for example, in the introduction he writes that the study focuses on the 11 Island/Tuff Gong albums released during Bob's life. In short, the style is straightforward, factual, and uncluttered by critical theory. Although Moskowitz likely traveled to Jamaica to visit Marley pilgrimage sites, he bases this reexamination of Marley's life and lyrics on the recordings themselves rather than on probing skeptical research. Organized chronologically by album, this book is situated somewhere on the boundary between serious scholarship and popular writing….[i]t is one of the better efforts among the dozen-plus titles already available on Marley and his songs….Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, general readers."

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Meet the Author

DAVID MOSKOWITZ is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of South Dakota. He is the author of the Greenwood reference book, The Encyclopedia of Reggae and Caribbean Music.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Origins: The Trench Town Years, 1945-1960     1
Bob Marley: The Roots of a Rebel     1
Move to Kingston     3
Birth of the Legend, 1960-1970     7
Formation of Early Groups     7
Dawn of the Wailers     10
Early Singles     11
Rebel Music, 1970-1975     19
Catch a Fire     19
African Herbsman     38
Burnin'     40
Natty Dread     48
The Original Wailers Disband     57
Live!     61
Uptown Skankin', 1976-1977     63
Rastaman Vibration     63
Attempted Assassination of Marley     71
Exodus     76
Top Rankin', 1978-1979     87
Kaya     87
Babylon by Bus     93
Survival     94
Blackman Redemption, 1980-1983     103
Uprising     103
Fly Away Home     111
Posthumous Releases     119
Chances Are     119
Confrontation     121
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers     124
Talkin' Blues     124
Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom     125
Natural Mystic the Legend Lives On: Bob Marley and the Wailers     126
One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers     126
Africa Unite: The Singles Collection     127
The Deluxe Editions     128
Life after Death: The Legend Lives On     131
Selected Discography     133
Notes     157
Bibliography     167
Index     171
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