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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great read for casual readers and longtime fans." -- Library Journal August 2004

"An intriguing collection...absolutely fascinating...Every entry tells the reader something of interest." -- Goldmine 12/10/04

"Offers a rich variety of angles on the Marley legend." -- Relix August 2004

"Often illuminating...never dull or boring." -- Nashville City Paper 8/13/04

"Readers will be both entertained and informed. This book will definitely hold the attention of music lovers." -- Kliatt January 2005

"This book clearly demonstrates that Robert Nesta Marley was and is an enigma." -- Dirty Linen February / March 2005

About the Author

Hank Bordowitz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival and editor of The U2 Reader: A Quarter Century of Commentary, Criticism, and Reviews. He lives in the exurbs of New York City.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Stephens on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
In contrast to Rita Marley's No Woman No Cry, which is on the inside looking out, Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader is on the outside looking in. It concentrates on Bob's mythic or iconic dimensions.
On the very first page of text, a mini-intro titled "Marley: Cultural Icon," editor Hank Bordowitz informs us that Marley is a "cultural martyr who suffered for the sins of his audience."
Ouch. That reminds me of a red-headed singer at a Ft. Worth Bob Marley Festival in 2002 who shrilly declared: "Bob Marley died for your sins!" One could grin and bear such lunacies from enthusiastic fans, but in a book whose editor and writers surely want to be taken seriously, it sets one's teeth on edge.
This Reader is divided into two main sections. The first is titled "Wake Up and Live: The Life and Times of Robert Nesta Marley." Each chapter takes a Marley song to indicate its focus. "Waiting in Vain" is an oral history of the 1962-1972 period.
Chapter Two, "Stir it Up," covers the rise to international acclaim by Marley and the Wailers from 1972-1976. This includes a lengthy excerpt from Lee Jaffe's book One Love. Most of the writing dates from the 1970. We listen in on jaded New Yorkers who know how obvious some of Marley's stage mannerisms were, and yet acknowledge that they found his charisma irresistible.
A rough jewel here is Lester Bangs' "Innocents in Babylon." Bangs, writing for his Creem Magazine (immortalized in Almost Famous), freely confesses that Marley is his least favorite Jamaica artists. That critical distance, and the lack of editorial restraint, leads to some typically Bangsian gems. Bangs felt most at home in Jamaican record shops, rather than waiting around on stars.
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By David Dusty Cupples on November 8, 2014
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There is lots to like in this compendium put together by noted pop-music-and-culture writer Bordowitz. Essays penned by the likes of Robert Palmer, Alice Walker, the "white Wailer" Lee Jaffe (who takes just a little too easy to identifying the Wailers as "we"), several others that appeared in Village Voice or NYT Mag. There is Alex Constantine's provocative indictment of CIA involvement in Marley's death, far-fetched for sure but at a symbolic level perhaps containing elements of truth beyond mere facts. The most interesting essays for many will be the ones written while Bob was alive, like pop music critic Lester Bang's "Innocents in Babylon," written upon occasion of a Kurtzian journey into the mysteries of "darkest Africa" i.e. Jamaica. One boggles at Bang's admonition of who was his least favorite reggae artist, as if another elitist critic above it all. Se la vie. True Marley fans want to read every scrap written about Bob and listen to every version of every song. There are inaccuracies here but that is part of the mythology of the colossal figure of Marley, whose stature continues to grow over time. Review by the author of Stir It Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government, a novel.
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