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Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley in Jamaica and Beyond Hardcover – February 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (February 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784267
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the truly great photojournalists, Burnett has captured unforgettable images...[he] visited Marley at his Jamaican home and then amassed more shots of the reggae king on the Marley and Wailers’ “Exodus” European tour. Only a few of Burnett’s magnificent pictures saw the light of day. Now you can experience over 200 of them. Each absorbing photograph offers new insights into the soul of this timeless musician/activist. Burnett, an exceptional artist himself, allows us to travel through Marley’s eyes, right into his deepest essence. We can appreciate fully the intensity, caring, power and rebelliousness of this musical force.”
Pop Culture Classics

"Burnett captures the haunting Misty Mornings of the Isle of Springs, and the private Jamming and cloudy studio wizardry of its musical magicians. We see intimate portraits of Burning Spear; the Bush Doctor, Peter Tosh; the irrepressible producers Jack Ruby and Lee 'Scratch' Perry; and most impressively, the Prophet Bob Marley, deep in thought and serious as a heart attack, in the process of creating and sharing his immortal Redemption Songs."
Roger Steffens, Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee; founder, The Beat magazine; author of Reggae Scrapbook

About the Author

CHRIS SALEWICZ has been writing on popular culture for more than 20 years. He wrote Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom. Salewicz edited the booklet contained in the 4-CD box set Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music, and co-wrote the script for the 1999 movie Third World Cop, which broke Jamaican box office records.

CHRIS MURRAY is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. For over 30 years, Murray has organized more than 200 exhibitions of many of the nation's leading artists. He has been involved in SHOTS: An American Photographer's Journal, 1967-1972 by David Fenton, Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis by Al Wertheimer, and Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen.

DAVID BURNETT launched his photographic career at Time Magazine in 1967. He covered the Vietnam War as a staff photographer for Life Magazine. In 1975, he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York. Traveling to more than 75 countries, Burnett has produced photographic essays for Time, Life, Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

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The pictures are gorgeous and illuminate Bob Marley's spirit and music.
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Also important, it gives hope to all amateurs that we too can make it in the BIG TIME, with a simple "point and snap."
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Great pictures, great multiple series both black and white and color photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Herman on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A pure delight! This beautifully designed and printed book contains the kind of extraordinary photographs of reggae master Bob Marley the world has come to expect from award-winning photojournalist David Burnett, almost all of which are previously unpublished. But it is not just a picture book. Burnett spent time with Marley at Marley's home in Jamaica, and traveled with Marley and the Wailers on their famous "Exodus" European tour. He writes about them with the insight that perhaps comes from Burnett's rare access to Marley's private life few journalists were granted, combined with Burnett's rare gifts of observation and expression.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are gorgeous and illuminate Bob Marley's spirit and music. You just have to look these while listening to his songs to really "hear" them. I strongly recommend this one--just gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Jarecke on February 14, 2012
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In a time before publicist and stylists, when light was natural and images found (rather than created), photojournalist David Burnett captured moments that define a musical legend. Doubtful these images could be made today of the latest pop wunderkind, let alone someone of the stature of Bob Marley.

My daughter came home with a t-shirt of the man, then wanted to know who this Bob Marley was (kids today, right?)... this is the book I gave her.

Classic photojournalism at it's best.
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By Romeo Whiskey on March 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have always been amazed why we have not seen books before now by David Burnett. Although shy and introverted, this award winning snapper should
use this splendid book, with Burnett's well composed text, as a spring-board for more such tomes. I have followed Burnett's career for years
and while most of his pictures were obviously taken with an Instamatic, it is his unique composition that makes this a "must have" to add to your
photojournalism library. Also important, it gives hope to all amateurs that we too can make it in the BIG TIME, with a simple "point and snap." Of course, the MAJOR difference is DB has "the eye" and we don't. BUY IT!
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Format: Hardcover
The natural light Burnett used in the series of pictures of Marley at his home in Jamaica has the effect of making a man--who even decades later is considered a musical legend--completely down to earth and human.

"I think that rarely do you find journalists as sharp-eyed as photographers," said Burnett in an interview about his craft. "We are paid to look, and look around, we do. We notice little things that sometimes become very telling in a story."

You see these little details in the photos in Soul Rebel. The light in Marley's eyes, the lines in the skin of his hands, the lines of his face in his introspective profile.

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Format: Hardcover
Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley is an amazing photographic portrait of reggae music legend Bob Marley. Filled cover to cover with black-and-white and color photographs of Marley that "Time" magazine photojournalist David Burnett took in 1976 and 1977, Soul Rebel is further enhanced by Burnett's reminiscences of those bygone days, and the unforgettable experience of meeting and working with Marley. Many of the images are quite candid, and show Marley in his day-to-day life as much as his time on stage giving performances. A captivating photographic collection that reveals the man behind the music.
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The photos are absolutely stunning! Beautiful Marley pics! Although I am a Bob Marley's fan, and have accumulated quite a bit of paraphernalia, I thought "Soul Rebel" was a fairly good find. There is some pertinent information about Marley but the book is not entirely about him; it covers other reggae artists. The title presented the idea that it was maybe a biography "intimate portrait" of Marley--not the case. I'm a little bias so I'm happy to get my hands on anything of, by or on Marley. Others, however, may find it a bit misleading.
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By Anna Wang on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was given to me by a dear friend who knew that I liked photography. So I looked at it first from a photographic point of view. This is a beautiful beautiful book, full of candid moments and powerful images, and I love how it is put together. If you are a Marley fan also, then you will really love it. This is a wonderful portrayal of a very special man and musician.
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