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Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley Paperback – May 2, 2006
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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.
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Life in the kingston ghetto that spawned reggae has a code of it's own. When there was an attempt on bob's life in 1976 it was trenchtown gangs who brought the accused to justice. This story reads like a great novel and never gets boring or stale and that's just one of hundreds of examples.
This work is a great study of jamaican life and culture as well as reggae and bob marley. A must read for real fans and the best biography by far of this great man.
One reviewer suggested that the book doesn't pay enough attention to bob's rasta faith. Not true, marley's religious faith is the motivation for most of what he does, how he viewed the world. White never misses this point. As bob's world got bigger his perspective on his faith changed.
A must read.
The book made Bob Marley at once more human and more astounding. It documents the human perils, uncertainties and challenges he encountered and how he dealt with them, sometimes better than others. At the same time, it does not attempt to explain away his genius, inspiration or transcendent powers - those inexplainable qualities which made him extraordinary and which resulted in the ongoing legend which may never stop.
The experience of reading the book whilst involved in activities such as touring the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, listening to his recordings, and discussing Marley with people across the island made it impossible for me not to make mental comparisons between the birth and growth of the legend of Jesus of Nazareth and that of Robert Nesta Marley of Nine Miles.
Timothy White has done a superb job of documenting the birth of a legend. As Bob sang and White concluded, "Time Will Tell."
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Extremely well researched book that gives a comprehensive history of Bob Marley and Jamaica .Published 3 months ago by Smoky Witch
It was trashed and I hated it it wasn't in good condition the pages were ripped and colored onPublished 11 months ago by joslin
Arrived promptly and the book seems accuract. An easy read with photos.Published 11 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 12 months ago by Swagmasta E
Short and sweet. This is an excellent book, meticulous in its detail. Perhaps a bit TOO meticulous. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Neil Wilson