Bob Marley: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages

Bob Marley was the first, and possibly the only, superstar to emerge from the Third World. Although he lived a short life, only 36 years, Bob penned an enormous quantity of songs, pioneering a new reggae rhythm and sound that was distinctly Jamaican. An expert lyricist who could more than hold his own with any contemporary hip-hop word slinger, Bob crafted emotionally powerful chains of words that packed a serious punch. Twenty-five years after his death, the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers is as popular and relevant as it was the day it was released. Author David Moskowitz gives readers an inside look at the man behind the legend.

Fans from all corners of the globe are a testament to the fact that his music transcends race, color, economic class, even language. From Marley's poverty stricken early childhood in rural Jamaica to break out his faith in Rastafarianism, this biography recounts the life and music of one of the most famous popular artists of the last century, an incredible story for long-time fans as well for a new and ever-increasing audience who were too young to witness Marley's history-making music career firsthand. A timeline, photos, and a rich bibliography of print and electronic sources make this biography ideal for both research purposes and casual reading.


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Chapter 1 Country Boy to Ghetto Youth
Chapter 2 Out of the Ghetto into the Limelight
Chapter 3 From Top of the Rock to Top of the World
Chapter 4 Reggae International
Photo Essay
Chapter 5 Home to Mount Zion
Chapter 6 The Legacy and the Legend
Chapter 7 The Marley Family
Selected Discography

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About the author (2007)

David V. Moskowitz is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of South Dakota. He is the author of the Greenwood reference book Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall.

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