Bob Marley, reggae superstar and pop culture icon, left an indelible mark on modern music. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley delves deep into the life of the lionized leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that still reverberates more than a decade after his death. Almost nothing pertaining to the life of Bob Marley is left out; the origins of Rastafarianism (the Ethiopian religion that was the keystone of his life), the roots of the reggae sound, the Jamaican political and social debacle that informed his lyrics--this is a comprehensive account of the life of the artist and the times that produced him.
Catch a Fire is assiduously researched; the details writer Timothy White presents of the King of Reggae's life are cinematic in scope and, at times, cumbersome. White includes much of his primary source material, ranging from full interviews with band members to unearthed CIA documents, and devotes a whole section to describing his exhaustive research process. The final product is rich with elements of spiritual tome, rock biography, and history text; it is a hagiographic epic--the story of a man and his legend. --Brendan J. LaSalle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician. "-Joel Selvin," San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
It was trashed and I hated it it wasn't in good condition the pages were ripped and colored onPublished 6 months ago by joslin
Arrived promptly and the book seems accuract. An easy read with photos.Published 6 months ago by JLKO
This book does a magnificent job of providing the cultural impact Marley had in Jamaica. While it can drag on with the minute details, the specificity of the biography is quite... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Swagmasta E
Short and sweet. This is an excellent book, meticulous in its detail. Perhaps a bit TOO meticulous. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neil Wilson
Got this book Friday and I loved it so much not only does it tell you about Bob Marley and his music it also tells you about jamaica and Rastafarian and marcus garvey and king... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jahnoy skerrit
When the book is about Marley its fine but he puts in all these fillers that shouldn't even be in this book!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nirvezz