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Bob Marley Paperback – January, 1985

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An incisive book that shows what Bob Marley's music was all about. -- London Sunday Times

Easily the best book about Bob Marley. -- Rolling Stone

Stephen Davis has my blessings. -- Cedella Booker, Bob Marley's mother --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Davis is a verteran journalist and editor.

He is the author of an acclaimed trilogy on Jamaican music: Reggae Bloodlines (1977), Reggae International (1983), and Bob Marley (revised edition, 1990.

His other books include Hammer of the Gods (1985), Say KIds! What Time is It? (1987), Moonwalk (1988), and Fleetwood (1990).

A new edition of Reggae Bloodlines, with photographs by Peter Simon, is forthcoming from Schenkman Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dolphin Books; 1st U.S. ed edition (January 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385179561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385179560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,324,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Davis is America's preeminent rock journalist and biographer, having written numerous bestsellers on rock bands, including the smash hit Hammer of the Gods. He lives in Boston.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "parishar" on January 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Stephen Davis is a writer extraordinaire. He manages to capture the spirit that was, and still is, Bob Marley. His words transport you into a world of sound and emotion as he describes the life and music of the King of Reggae. He brings us Bob Marley: the man, the champion of human rights, the son, the husband, the proud father, the lover, and the musicmaker. He shows us how profound Bob Marley's short life was and its impact on the world and yet he reveals an ordinary country man dealing with the issues of survival: work, family, crime, political unrest and betrayal. Once you begin reading this book, you will be unable to put it down. At the end, you will be emotionally spent.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "patriotwarrior" on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very original book about the Tuff Gong. It traces Bob's evolvement as an infant-child, boy, pupil, "street rebel", struggling youngman, father, "lover", musician, poet, Rastafarian and beloved Freedon-Fighter we all know. It is a moving, evocative book. It starts almost like a mellow tale describing the humble, natural surroundings of the deep Jamaican interior into which Bob was born.
It almost immediately rises to a pre-climax of the hardships of Trenchtown, with Bob not only struggling to survive, but also hesitantly nourishing his dream of being a BIG musician, his tackle with the Rastafarian faith and his immediate deep conviction, his frequent "travels"; e.g. to visit his mother in Deleware, USA or his short stay in Sweden full of stress. To me, these are the formative stages of the "Tuff Gong International" and these travels overseas broadened his perspective, both as a musician and as a man, especially a highly sensitive man as Bob.
The book further on describes how Bob's talent and faith - in Jah and in himself - evolve into extraordinary, peerless musical craftsmanship, making Bob's music explode to the four corners of the earth ... almost like a miracle, in the twinkle of an eye! At the climax of this book, Bob is already a supertar, confident, uncompromising, mature, wiser and hard to equal, the wiry cult-hero from Trenchtown, Jamaica.
It's also interesting to observe Bob's relationship with the press, as the press was from the start of it all invariably attracted by his magnetic charm, which thing in turn really [directly or indirectly] raised him to the star of mythical and mystical prorportions that he REALLY is. Because he simply deserved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "patriotwarrior" on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very original book about the Tuff Gong. It traces Bob's evolvement as an infant-child, boy, pupil, "street rebel", struggling youngman, father, "lover", musician, poet, Rastafarian and beloved Freedon-Fighter we all know. It is a moving, evocative book. It starts almost like a mellow tale describing the humble, natural surroundings of the deep Jamaican interior into which Bob was born.
It almost immediately rises to a pre-climax of the hardships of Trenchtown, with Bob not only struggling to survive, but also hesitantly nourishing his dream of being a BIG musician, his tackle with the Rastafarian faith and his immediate deep conviction, his frequent "travels"; e.g. to visit his mother in Deleware, USA or his short stay in Sweden full of stress. To me, these are the formative stages of the "Tuff Gong International" and these travels overseas broadened his perspective, both as a musician and as a man, especially a highly sensitive man as Bob.
The book further on describes how Bob's talent and faith - in Jah and in himself - evolve into extraordinary, peerless musical craftsmanship, making Bob's music explode to the four corners of the earth ... almost like a miracle, in the twinkle of an eye! At the climax of this book, Bob is already a supertar, confident, uncompromising, mature, wiser and hard to equal, the wiry cult-hero from Trenchtown, Jamaica.
It's also interesting to observe Bob's relationship with the press, as the press was from the start of it all invariably attracted by his magnetic charm, which thing in turn really [directly or indirectly] raised him to the star of mythical and mystical prorportions that he REALLY is. Because he simply deserved it.
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