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The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century Paperback – April 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1ST edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400052866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052868
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this dense but well-written work, veteran journalist Goldman examines the cultural, political and violent roots of Bob Marley's classic record Exodus. Goldman is undeniably as intrepid and insightful as music journalists come—and this effort clearly required every ounce of her talent. In setting the stage for what would become Marley's masterpiece, she reached beyond the Exodus sessions themselves into the early history of Marley and the Wailers, into the hornet's nest of Jamaican politics and the island's international history and African history, as well as the mystical, often contradictory, tenets of Rastafarianism. It is all necessary background for what made Marley both the searing performer he was and the iconic figure he would become—a fame that would nearly kill him. Just days before a planned free concert in 1976, Marley, his wife, Rita, and Don Taylor were wounded by gunmen, forcing Marley to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded. This is no pop music hagiography but a brimming, tightly constructed examination not just of Marley's life and music but of human nature itself and the struggle for freedom. The more casual fans of Marley may not follow; those who do will see deeper into the man and his music than ever before. (May)
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From Booklist

Goldman thoroughly examines what Time proclaimed album of the twentieth century, Bob Marley's Exodus, undertaken at a time when Marley had relocated to London, where he wrote and recorded Exodus, after becoming a gunshot victim during an invasion of his Kingston, Jamaica, home. Goldman navigates the myriad political, social, and religious complications in Marley's life then, all of which he dealt with in "The Heathen," "So Much Things to Say," and the album's title song, whose naming was no throwaway gesture. Marley felt especially spiritually attached to the second book of the Old Testament, and Goldman cites his frequent quotation of scripture within the context of him giving form to his most political album. Since Goldman accepts at face value Marley's belief in dream communication and prophecy, his fans will be rewarded by a satisfying heavy dose of the "Natural Mystic" philosophy of Rastafarianism, too. Excellent insight into the genesis of a transporting piece of music; as fellow reggae immortal Lee "Scratch" Perry would say, "Righteous oily." Mike Tribby
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pete Shelton on June 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
It is convincingly argued that the pop album has become an effectively arcane form. But even in a digital age, certain albums continue to both define and transcend their creators. Sgt. Pepper, What's Going On, Astral Weeks, Blood On the Tracks... the list invites nerdish debate. But one title can never be excluded; Bob Marley and The Wailers' Exodus was the product of a specific time and place and remains the most extraordinary single work of the Third World's most extraordinary musical voice.

Vivien Goldman was one of the key writers during the Golden Age of British music journalism when the punk explosion inspired the intense gut-intellectual talents of the first post-sixties generation. Unlike many of her colleagues her love and understanding of black music has continually defined her work and The Book Of Exodus is perhaps the best thing she has done.

This is at once memoir, critical analysis and history. Vivien Goldman takes the reader into the studio as Exodus was created. A palpable sense of the immediacy of that process, the atmosphere (well fumigated with the herbsman's wares) and personalities involved come vividly to life through the eyes of the young fan-reporter. Most movingly, Goldman's own ability to connect her life as the North London-raised daughter of German-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust with the Trench Town experience that formed Bob Marley is at the heart of the book. This is no falsely crafted analogy. It is above all a spiritual link, the "Flash Of The Spirit" which has made the core African musical experience one of the world's most unifying cultural forces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Kaegi on May 3, 2006
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this book is history but reads like a novel

it is a must read! it is a book that takes you deep into

the live of bob marley and far away to the exodus of people in general. very very cool.

adriana
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Davita G. Robinson on May 17, 2006
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Vivien Goldman's detailed portrait of the man comes alive in this initimate book. Goldman takes you on a journey, not just of a making of a masterpiece (The Exodus album) but of the man himself. A Marley confidant, she often interviewed the Wailers and Marley and gives the reader an insider's view of the politics, spritiuality, and artisty of the legend. If you think you know much about Marley, you don't. Read and learn from "The Book of Exodus".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. DeAngelis on June 4, 2006
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I just finished reading this book and I thought the coverage of Marley's musical life and progression was excellent. Vivien Goldman's passion/love for Bob Marley & the Wailers and their music shone like a star. Heartfelt and moving, this was one of the best books I've read about this prophetic man and his life. So well done, thanks for writing it. To songs of freedom...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cosner on August 21, 2006
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Having spent much time in Kingston in the mid 1970s, this book accurately reflects the politics and gestalt of the time . Ms. Goldman's attention to geographical detail is one of the strong points of the book. The book is right on in terms of its intellectual context, as well as its more anecdotal style.Relly, this is one of the better books on Marley, Reggae, and Jamaica.
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By TDAK on May 1, 2014
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This is a well-written and well-researched book. As a musician, I have always been interested in the dynamics of the band itself--who did what, the creative licensing and freedoms each member was able to take, etc. This book provides a window into the Wailers and it will make you appreciate the Exodus album just that much more. Great read!
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A great review of Bob's life in a critical time. Great music created out of chaos and uncertainty of life that has endured the test of time and is as current now as it was when created. A true rocker that had vision and inspiration to bring his music to the world! Thank you Bob and thank you Vivien for a view into a pivotal time in the life and career of Mr. Marley.
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