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Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley – including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, hiBob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley – including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his band mate and childhood friend, Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others – Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times....

Title : Before The Legend: The Rise Of Bob Marley
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ISBN : 9780060539917
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Before The Legend: The Rise Of Bob Marley Reviews

  • Martha
    2018-12-05 17:27

    Although it gives some insights into the daily life and struggle of Bob Marley, I felt that I learned more about the Jamaican music industry than I did the actual man in question.

  • Jason
    2018-11-20 22:50

    As the title states this book is primarily about the early days and beginning of Bob Marley's musical career. Fans of Marley know most of this information already but it's still enjoyable to read. The book starts with Bob being born in the country and his eventual relocation to Trenchtown. We read about his family roots and how he came to be interested in music with his friends. Eventually he formed the Wailers with them. Some of the more fascinating information in the book is the revealing of Bob and the Wailer's early struggles. They recorded over 200 songs and toiled in the music industry for 10 years before they finally got their big break with Catch a Fire. Prior to this they were continually denied getting paid what they deserved by record producers and were broke most of the time. Another area that is captivating is Farley's account of the history of reggae and even its influence on rap. For those of you interested in the spiritual side of Marley there is discussion of Rastafarianism. After all, you can't really separate Bob and his spiritual aspects from his music. Overall, this book is pretty brief at just over 200 pages and I found a few aspects disappointing. I was a little disappointed at the abrupt ending of the book. I felt that I was reading about the development of Bob's career, his life, and his message up till Catch a Fire and boom the book was over. Obviously, the book is about the rise of Bob and not his whole life but it seemed like the author was under time constraints and had to just finish in a hurried fashion. Christopher Farley has writing ability and you can tell his Harvard education comes into play. However, with this writing skill, why not expand it and give us more to chew on? Despite the few minor setbacks this book has, as a music fan you'll enjoy it. Not only do you get to read some about the history of reggae and Jamaica but you also get to read about one of the most influential artists of all time. Some would even argue one of the greatest men of the 20th century. You can never go wrong there.

  • Alicia
    2018-11-16 23:22

    I'm learning a lot about the development of music in Jamaica and about things that happened there when I was a child, a part of the country I didn't see but could only imagine: the politics on the street, the richness of Jamaicans' words & humour, etc. Some things are being confirmed for me, other things are fitting like pieces of the puzzle I hadn't known existed. I love it because I'm learning more about my country. And it's a bittersweet read for me. As far as what I'm learning about Bob, VERY interesting as well to learn about the man and those around him: to learn about his desire for peace and harmony among all people. How ironic that some people see his hair and his ganja-smoking and immediately dismiss, or worse, disdain and even curse him for these outward appearances when he actually put our country on the map. Live on Legend!

  • Mutassem Al Sharji
    2018-11-27 20:40

    Being a huge fan of Bob Marley ever since, this book gave me insights of things I never knew before... understanding the culture of Jamaica and the early years background of Bob is a must to understand him in his later years of super stardom! I recommend it to everyone who is interested to know Bob as a a person and what made him what he was... I also recommend it to those who don't know nothing about him other than his song Buffalo soldier & that he never used to wash his hair (which was a rumor, by the way, circulated in British newspapers in the 70's after becoming a star!!)

  • Sabrina
    2018-11-19 23:42

    Bob Marley is one of the most influential singers and person in the world. This book is very well written because it chronicles Marley's experiences (and his band's experiences) trying to find supporters and funding. It's humbling, because at the end of his life, Marley and the Wailers ended up with very little money...I found the book unassumingly inspiring.

  • Chris brown
    2018-11-20 21:47

    good subject matter but went off on to many different tangents. If you did not know anything about Robert or Jamaican history then this is good. If you just want to read about the man and his story buy something els

  • Eddie
    2018-12-04 21:49

    Breezy read and informative, but what put it over the top for me was Farley's insightfulness. He'll be in the middle of an anecdote and then pull out some philosophical point about who we are as human beings, and somehow it never feels stilted.

  • Thomas
    2018-11-26 17:35

    I read this because my son recommended it. It's not very well written, but it's illuminating on the music industry in Jamaica and on Marley's early years. Maybe a little too much incense for my taste.

  • Irene
    2018-11-28 21:38

    Quick interesting read. I had totally underestimated Marley's greatness.Check it out.

  • Amanda Morrison
    2018-12-06 22:21

    The auto was quite enamored with Bob, which makes telling his story quite one sided.

  • Jonny (longjon)
    2018-11-17 20:24

    its the worst book ive ever read

  • Amelia
    2018-12-10 23:22

    This is a really insightful biography, more like a story than a non-fiction book.

  • Dee
    2018-12-02 18:50

    Why did Bob Marley drive a BMW? (Bob Marley and the Wailers)!

  • Marty Hughes
    2018-11-19 18:22

    Good stuff.

  • Rushay Booysen
    2018-12-13 00:39

    got alot of insight into bob's life and his struggles and what drove him to fame.It also made me see the aspects beyond the legend how human and frail he was

  • Bernice
    2018-11-28 00:44

    If you want to know more about Robert nesta Marley and friends and also the history of Jamnica then read this!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaime
    2018-11-13 18:30

    Well, I AM going to Jamaica. Time to read up!

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-01 18:21

    Read this book to learn about Bob Marley's early days and the Jamaican music industry, but Farley's writing is sometimes repetitive with information and the chronology is sometimes unclear.