Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

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Macmillan, May 2, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 556 pages
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The classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death

Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic of rock biography, delves into the life of the leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that continues today.

Under the supervision of the author’s widow and with the collaboration of a Marley expert, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material on the Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician , including many revisions made by the author before his untimely death. An appendix to the new edition chronicles Marley’s legacy in recent years, as well as the ongoing controversy over the possibility that Marley’s remains might be exhumed from Nine Mile, Jamaica, and reburied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where hundreds of Rastafarians live. The new edition also contains an expanded discography and is factually updated throughout.

“Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“As close as rock journalism comes to transcendent literature.”
—Playboy

“White has a deep appreciation for reggae’s immediacy, hypnotic power, and contradictions . . . An exhaustively researched labor of love.”
Chicago Sun-Times

  

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Review: Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

User Review  - Jason Mair - Goodreads

Really thorough and comprehensive. A little too much for me. But I my respect for Bob being in my top people I looked up to a kid of all time was solidified. He's amazing, a musician who just spoke ... Read full review

Review: Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

User Review  - Philip - Goodreads

Read this at the young, still burgeoning age of nineteen. Lived in Anchorage, Alaska at the time and had a thirst to learn more about the iconic Rastafarian, Robert Nesta Marley. Catch A Fire was my ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction
1
Kingdom Come
29
Misty Morning
49
Bad Card
72
Pass It On
97
Small Axe
118
Who Feels It Knows It
144
People Get Ready
161
Redemption Song
272
Exodus
293
A Hereafterword
316
Duppy Conqueror
421
Rasta Dont Work Fe Nuh CIA
427
Judge Not Before You Judge Yourself
433
Permissions Acknowledgments
460
Lee PerryProduced U K Albums
479

Natural Mystic
188
Stir It Up
198
Rat Race
207
Coming In from the Cold
216
Crisis
232
Who the Cap Fit
257
Soul Rebels Bob Marley the Wallers TBL 126 1970
491
The Soul Rebels album in a different running order minus
513
Soul Revolution I II TRLD 406 1988
529
Bibliography
531
Index
539
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About the author (2006)

One of the most prominent music journalists of the twentieth century, Timothy White wrote extensively on Marley, reggae, and Caribbean music and culture for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other leading publications. His close contact with Marley and his family and inner circle of friends led to White being granted access to private papers, photographs, and memorabilia. White died in 2002.

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